Graceling Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Kristin Cashore
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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 is Katsa's position in the court?

2. For what are the tattoos on Po's arm?

3. What does Po's grandfather talk about when he wakes up and they are there?

4. Why is Katsa upset about going to dinner at the court?

5. What does Katsa do to conceal her actions with the man from question #62?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Katsa ask Po about his country and what does he say?

2. How is Katsa feeling the second evening on their way to Monsea, what does Po suggest, what do they end up doing about Katsa's feelings?

3. How does Katsa's mission about Ellis go?

4. What does Po want to do after he sees his grandfather, and what does he propose to Katsa?

5. Where do Oll, Giddon and Katsa stay when they finish their mission with the borderlord and what happens there?

6. About what does Katsa confront Po and what is his response?

7. What does Katsa hear of the fighter she encountered when leaving the dungeon?

8. How do Po and Katsa decide to get to Monsea and what does Katsa wonder about with King Leck?

9. How does Katsa find out who the fighter was she confronted in the dungeon, and how does her second confrontation go with him?

10. What happens with Katsa and Po at the archery range?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Graceling", questions that Cashore most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Cashore's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Cashore's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Cashore and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 2

Katsa is surprised to find the Graced Lienid fighter at the court of King Randa. His name is Prince Greening, and Katsa feels his challenge of her. Katsa feels a flash of excitement in looking at the arrogant Prince and has a hard time in dealing with this. With her role in politics, and power, Katsa is used to suppressing her personal feelings.

1. Do you think Prince Greening's challenge of Katsa is chauvinistic? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think what Katsa sees as a challenge by Prince Greening might actually be a display of his attraction to her? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think someone in Katsa's position has to suppress her personal feelings? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Graceling" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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