Gathering Blue Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What infirmity does the stranger waiting in Kira's room after the singing of the Ruin song have?

2. What title is Kira given during the Ruin song ceremony?

3. What does Thomas recall from his childhood in the Edifice?

4. Who has Kira not seen during her stay in the Edifice?

5. Where does Christopher ask Kira to go?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is suspicious about Annabella's death?

2. What is Kira to do on the blank section of the Singer's robe, and how does she react to her new task?

3. What does the Gathering ceremony resemble?

4. How do the villagers and Matt's family react to his absence?

5. What is Jamison's role in the attack on Christopher?

6. What does Matt's journey through the woods reveal?

7. Why is Kira's father still alive?

8. Who is the blind man and what is his significance in the story?

9. What does Thomas claim to have heard in Chapter 12 and how do the children react to his claim?

10. Describe the village Matt encountered on his journey to find "blue".

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the importance of the color blue in the novel. Why is Kira searching for blue? Who has access to the plants that create blue dye? What does the color blue symbolize in the novel? How will its discovery affect Kira's character and her people?

Essay Topic 2

What value is placed on human life in Kira's society? How does the attitude prevalent towards the value of life affect education, employment, family life, and the development of society? How might this attitude affect the future survival of Kira's people?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the significance of the Ruin Song. What does it symbolize for Kira's people? How has it been altered though the years? What effect does this alteration have on Kira's people? After the Gathering, what does the Ruin Song symbolize to Kira?

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