Graceling Test | Mid-Book 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. Why is Helda different with Katsa than most people?

2. What attracts Katsa about Po?

3. How many kingdoms are there in the land where Katsa lives?

4. What do Katsa and her companions do before they go to the home of an Estillan borderlord?

5. When do Po and Katsa leave Randa?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who pulls a knife on Katsa, and what does she do about him?

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. What happens with the guards of the borderlord, and what does he say when he is confronted by Katsa?

4. How is Katsa feeling about her attraction to Po, what does she tell him and what is his response?

5. Where does Katsa go after she leaves the hideout, who does she meet and what does she say to them? Why does she chastise herself?

6. How does Katsa feel about Po's fighting abilities and why?

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

8. On what mission is Katsa, Giddon and Oll sent by Randa?

9. What does Po say to Katsa about Giddon and what is Katsa's response?

10. What does Lord Davit say at dinner the night Katsa meets the fighter, and where does the council meet that night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Graceling" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Graceling" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

Trace and analyze the theme of power throughout "Graceling".

Trace and analyze the theme of magic throughout "Graceling".

Trace and analyze the theme of evil throughout the book.

Trace and analyze the theme of love throughout the story.

Trace and analyze the theme of being a strong and independent woman throughout "Graceling".

Essay Topic 3

Po is brought in to see his grandfather Tealiff. There is a barely concealed confrontation of suitors between Giddon and Po, as Giddon protests that Po has scratched Katsa's face in their fight. Katsa tells them both that she is the Graced power Katsa, not some woman to argue over, and the two men make their peace.

1. Why would Giddon use Katsa's scratch as an excuse to verbally attack Po? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Katsa seems to think that men fighting over her is degrading to her. Do you agree? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think men treat women who are powerful and/or confident differently than one who is unsure of herself or appears weak? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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