Graceling Test | Final 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. Who does Po first feel after Katsa and Bitterblue leave?

2. What do Katsa and Po decide to do?

3. Why does Po's horse fall into the water?

4. Of what does King Leck convince Katsa?

5. What does Katsa make out of some rabbit skins?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Po and Katsa reunited after his attempt on killing King Leck?

2. Why do Po and Katsa leave for the forest early and what do they see when they reach the edge of the forest?

3. What happens to Katsa when she hears Leck, and how does Po save them?

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

5. How does Po begin to recover some of his self-confidence and where do he and Katsa go in the spring?

6. How does Katsa get Bitterblue through the pass?

7. What happens when Katsa and Bitterblue is taken to the captain's cabin?

8. What do the other people in the room do when Katsa kills Leck and what is Bitterblue's response?

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

10. What does Po need to do now that Bitterblue has told them what happened, what does he leave Katsa and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Graceling". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Cashore chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Cashore chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Cashore's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Cashore use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

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