Heir to the Empire 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. When Mara mentions Luke Skywalker, Karrde notices what in her voice?

2. Pallaeon regrets the Emperor's decision to build a second what, since flaws were discovered in the first one?

3. Han and Leia wonder why the Empire chose Bpfassh, when what is not too far away and might have made a better target?

4. The Council for the New Republic is meeting and who is delivering their report from the contact mission?

5. Grand Admiral Thrawn, on board what ship, prepares for a three-pronged attack on the New Republic?

Short Essay Questions

1. What foreshadowing event does Luke experience on Dagobah and how might it affect the story later on?

2. How does Joruus' message to Luke, in Chapter 13, affect Luke and what things should Luke realize, based on the message, that he does not?

3. In your opinion, should Luke's Loyalty lie with Leia and the New Republic or with the Jedi, based on information learned from Chapters 1 and 2?

4. What is a ysalamiri and what does it do?

5. Describe Mara's reaction to Karrde's mention of Darth Vader, in Chapter 3.

6. Describe Lando's reaction when Han, Leia and Luke show up to visit him at Nkllon. What does it say to you about Lando's personality?

7. What was Pallaeon's role in the battle with the Rebellion and how might this influence his decisions about the New Republic and the Imperials as the book progresses, based on Chapter 1?

8. Based on what you know from Chapters 1 through 8, what are Thrawn's major personality traits?

9. What are the unusual occurrences, when Leia and Han go to meet with the Bimms?

10. Based on everything you've read about Han through Chapter 10, how does he react to situations and do the other people in the book respect his opinions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose three characters from the book, one that you consider evil, one good and one neutral. Explain, in detail, what you think makes each person fit the category you chose for them. Be sure to use examples from the book to back up your choices.

Essay Topic 2

When Luke and Mara crashed in the jungle, Luke could have escaped, but he chose to check on Mara. If you were Luke and you were stuck in the jungle with Mara, what would you have done? What motivates you to make that decision? Would it be based on what you know of Mara specifically, or would you do the same thing if you crashed with anyone?

Essay Topic 3

Heir to the Empire is a Star Wars novel and Star Wars is based upon far off galaxies and planets, as well as alien races. What are your personal opinions about the exploration of outer space? Do you believe that there are other planets that are inhabited by intelligent beings? If not, why not? If so, do you picture those beings looking like humans, or in some other form, like the Wookies and Noghiri in the book? Also, do you believe that aliens have ever visited or will ever visit Earth? If so, for what purpose?

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