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. What does Lord Davit mention at dinner?

2. What gives Po some advantage when fighting with Katsa?

3. Who is with Giddon when Katsa gets back to him?

4. What does Randa do about instructions when he sends Katsa after someone?

5. What worries Katsa about the size of the council?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Katsa think about Tealiff being kidnapped?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How did Katsa get Helda as a servant woman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the dreaded visit by King Randa to her fighting match occurs, Katsa knows that it will be to punish some petty offense and feels horrible that she cannot break from serving Randa. She is angered by Po's reminder that she can control her relationship to King Randa, and she hits Po. The reader is reminded that Katsa still has the power to maim or kill Po. Katsa realizes that she must plan ahead on how to deal with Randa and control her anger.

1. Do you think Katsa can control her relationship with the king? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. If Katsa actually does have the power to control her relationship with Randa do you think that makes her more guilty of some of the killings or physical punishments she has done for him? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss in depth why you think Katsa struck out at Po for being right. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes "Graceling" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Katsa. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of the Po. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of King Leck. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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