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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the purpose of Genly's meeting with the king?
(a) To convince the king that he is an envoy from another planet, and to start a dialogue about Gethen becoming part of the Ekumen.
(b) To talk to the king about Estraven.
(c) To pledge kemmering to the king.
(d) To ask permission to travel to Orgoreyn.

2. Where does Genly live during the month of Kus?
(a) Gorinhering.
(b) Erhenrang.
(c) Orgoreyn.
(d) Mishnory.

3. What is the length of the Gethenians' sexual cycle?
(a) It's impossible to tell. After all, they're androgynous.
(b) 26 to 28 days.
(c) 28 to 30 days.
(d) 21 to 22 days.

4. Before he dies, what does Estraven II do?
(a) He loses the feud with Stok, and Estre becoms part of the Domain of Stok.
(b) He wins the feud with Stok without any loss of land.
(c) He wins the feud with Stok and claims the entire Domain for Estre.
(d) He ends the feud with Stok by giving half the disputed land to the Domain of Stok.

5. Which picture offends the king when Genly shows it to him?
(a) A picture of a male from Earth.
(b) A picture of a female from Cime.
(c) A picture of the supreme leader of the Ekumen.
(d) A picture of a fellow Gethenian.

6. Who is the story in Chapter 9 about?
(a) Stokven, Therem of Stok.
(b) King Argaven's ancestors.
(c) Estraven, the former prime minster of Karhide who has been granted asylum in Mishnory.
(d) Estraven, an ancestor of the Estraven who was once Prime Minister of Karhide.

7. After leaving Kuseben, where does Estraven first land?
(a) The Orgny Fastness.
(b) Shelt Port, Orgoreyn.
(c) The Gulf of Charisune.
(d) Mishnory.

8. Could the Foretellers answer the Lord of Shorth's question? What happened?
(a) Yes; however, the answer was never recorded and is lost to history.
(b) Yes; they knew the answer, but refused to give it to him.
(c) No; they clubbed him to death to get out of answering it.
(d) No; they said no one could possibly know that answer.

9. How does Genly's lunch with the Commensals differ from his meeting with King Argaven?
(a) The food was much better.
(b) The accommodations were much more luxurious.
(c) There was no difference. The Commensals weren't any more interested than King Argaven was.
(d) The Commensals, unlike King Argaven, were interested in Genly's mission and in the Ekumen, and wanted to look at his pictures.

10. What important concept is brought up again in Chapter 10?
(a) Love and betrayal.
(b) Facade and veneer.
(c) Honesty and genuineness.
(d) Death and life.

11. Who tells Getheren that he is in danger of suicide?
(a) The Lord of Shath.
(b) Estraven.
(c) Genly Ai.
(d) Hode, his brother and kemmering.

12. What is the bridge on the river Ey?
(a) The border between Gorinhering and Erhenrang.
(b) The border between Karhide and Orgoreyn.
(c) The border between Orgoreyn and Mishnory.
(d) A movie about POWs during the Second World War.

13. What is the monogamous partnership between two Gethenians called?
(a) Partnership.
(b) Somering.
(c) Kemmering.
(d) Marriage.

14. In Chapter 1, who is Pemmer Harge rem ir Tibe ('Tibe' for short) described as?
(a) There is no one in the book by this name.
(b) The king's cousin.
(c) The mayor of Erhenrang.
(d) The Prime Minister.

15. Are there any long-term effects of Getheren's long exposure to the cold?
(a) Yes. He loses his right foot to frostbite.
(b) No. He is dressed warmly enough to protect himself.
(c) No. Those inhabiting Karhide are not susceptible to the cold.
(d) Yes. He loses his left hand to frostbite.

Short Answer Questions

1. What answer (in part) does the king receive?

2. What does Genly do during his time in Otherhord, while he is waiting to be taken to the Foretellers?

3. Two nights and one day after Estraven and Stokven become kemmers, Estraven is attacked by a party from Stok and presumed killed. Stokven tells his countrymen what to do with Estraven's body. Did they follow Stokven's orders?

4. What does Genly carry in the case that he brings to his meeting with King Argaven?

5. Why does Berosty kill his kemmering after his return from Thangering Fastness and Weaver Odren?

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