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 unusual sound does Kira hear at the beginning of the Ruin song ceremony?

2. In Chapter 16, what is Jo doing in her room when Thomas and Kira find her?

3. What valuable skill does Kira believe Matt possesses?

4. How did Kira's father manage to escape the Field of Leaving?

5. Which character once attempted to kill Christopher?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Thomas demonstrate his mischievous side and surprise Kira in Chapter 15?

3. How have the words of the Ruin song been distorted over time?

4. What does Kira find suspicious about Jo's situation, and why?

5. How does Kira spend her rainy day in Chapter 12?

6. Describe Thomas, Kira, and Matt's exploration of the lower floor of the Edifice.

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

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

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

10. Describe what is known about the character Jo by the end of Chapter 13.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the general purpose of the destruction of Kira's cott? What other motive or purpose might the villagers have had for destroying Kira's property? What does the destruction of her cott symbolize to Kira? How will it affect her future?

Essay Topic 2

What elements of deception and betrayal are evident throughout the novel? Which characters are involved in deception? How does deception affect the character development of Kira, Thomas, Matt, and Jo? Which characters are involved in betrayal? How does betrayal affect the character development of the children?

Essay Topic 3

What role do the "beasts" play in the novel? What is the purpose of the legend of the beasts and why is the myth perpetuated? Who is the real "beast" and why?

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