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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the Investigator who documents Gethenians' androgyny?
(a) Tot Ong Oppong.
(b) Ong Tot Oppong.
(c) Oppong Ong Tot.
(d) Oppong Tot Ong.

2. Who visits Genly the morning following the dinner with which Chapter 8 ends?
(a) Estraven.
(b) Argaven.
(c) Tibe.
(d) The Commensals.

3. What is the climate on the planet Gethen, year-round?
(a) The planet experiences all four seasons.
(b) Cold and freezing.
(c) Warm and sunny.
(d) Cool and rainy.

4. If a Gethenian becomes pregnant, how long is the gestation period (i.e., the amount of time it takes before the baby is born)?
(a) 8.4 months.
(b) 4.8 months.
(c) Gethenians don't experience pregnancy.
(d) 9 months.

5. What religion are the Foretellers?
(a) Yomesh.
(b) Handdarata.
(c) Karhidish.
(d) Orgota.

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

7. Do Gethenians become pregnant as males, or as females?
(a) Females.
(b) Either gender can become pregnant.
(c) Gethenians don't experience pregnancy.
(d) Males.

8. On what day of the month is Genly allowed to visit the Nine Foretellers and ask his question?
(a) Odstreth, the 19th.
(b) Odstreth, the 18th.
(c) Onnetherhad, the 18th.
(d) Onnetherhad, the 19th.

9. What does the mysterious man give the warder at Estre Gate?
(a) News of Estraven's (otherwise known as Arek of Estre) death.
(b) A baby, whom he says is Therem, the son's son of Estre.
(c) The Domain of Stok's war plans.
(d) A note from Therem of Stok requesting parley with the Lord of Estre.

10. What is the mortar the king applies to the Arch's keystone made of?
(a) Cement.
(b) Ground human bones mixed with human blood.
(c) Ground animal bones mixed with human blood.
(d) Ground animal bones mixed with animal blood.

11. Why must Estraven escape on foot?
(a) He is afraid to fly.
(b) His car was confiscated when the exile decree was issued.
(c) If he uses any conveyance, those aiding him would be liable and would be punished.
(d) He doesn't know how to drive.

12. What literary construct is intended by the introduction into the story of Argaven's pregnancy?
(a) Irony.
(b) Humor.
(c) Satire.
(d) Metaphor.

13. What is the name of Lord Berosty's kemmering?
(a) Ashe.
(b) Herbor of the Geganner clan.
(c) Estraven.
(d) Geganner of the Herbor clan.

14. Who is the Prime Minister in Chapter 1?
(a) Therem Harth rem ir Estraven (Estraven for short).
(b) Genly Ai.
(c) Pemmer Harge rem ir Tibe ('Tibe' for short) .
(d) Tony Blair.

15. What does Genly learn during his lunch with the local politicians?
(a) He learns that Slose wants to make a religion out of him.
(b) He learns that his life is in danger.
(c) He learns what the Sarf is.
(d) He learns that the King's child was born that morning, but survived less than an hour.

Short Answer Questions

1. Shortly after Genly sends his letter to Tibe, Ashe visits him. What is the purpose of Ashe's visit?

2. What is the purpose of Genly's meeting with the king?

3. What is the price Genly is charged for an audience with the Foretellers?

4. What does Lord Berosty do after receiving his Foretelling?

5. Who is the story in Chapter 9 about?

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