Graceling 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. Why do Katsa and Bitterblue have to leave the contact before dawn?

2. With whom does Katsa discuss Po?

3. From what are Bitterblue and Katsa safe in Sunder?

4. How is Po when Katsa finds him?

5. Who else does Po begin to wrestle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Katsa and Bitterblue first arrive at Po's castle?

2. What does Katsa do before she and Bitterblue leave Po?

3. What is the route Katsa and Bitterblue take out of Monsea, why do they let the horse go and what does Katsa do with the saddle?

4. What does Po say about his blindness and how did he overcome his self-pity?

5. What does Katsa tell the shopkeeper about why she is there?

6. What does Po tell Katsa about his attempt on Leck?

7. What does Bitterblue say happened with her and her mother?

8. Why do Po and Katsa separate and when do they plan to see each other again?

9. How does Katsa figure out that Po is blind, what does she do when she realizes it and what is Po's response?

10. Where is Bitterblue while Katsa is with Po in the cave?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or ideas that are not a part of the "real" world. In the case of "Graceling", much of the setting may seem familiar to the reader (i.e. it is in the "real" world), though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of "Graceling" that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in "Graceling".

2. Define the words as used in "Graceling's" world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of "Graceling". Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in this book? Which word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from "Graceling"? Which ones?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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