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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. This city is the capital of the nation of Karhide:
(a) Orgoreyn.
(b) The Island.
(c) Erhenrang.
(d) Berlin.

2. What themes are highlighted in the story told in Chapter 4?
(a) Love and hatred.
(b) Love and betrayal.
(c) Suicide and murder.
(d) Obsession and compulsion.

3. What is the period of time during which a Gethenian is sexually inactive called?
(a) Somer.
(b) Kemmer.
(c) Frigidity.
(d) Menopause.

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

5. What do the Commensals want to do with the information Genly gives to them during lunch?
(a) They want to visit Genly's ship.
(b) They want to shoot down the NAFAL ship and kill Genly.
(c) They want to send an assassin to kill Tibe.
(d) They want to have the Star Ship land in Orgota in order to bring prestige to themselves and the nation.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Genly finally gets to Mishnory, whom does he find there?

2. Why does Genly wind up on a communal farm?

3. What is the name of the place where Estraven is granted asylum, to which he must travel?

4. What is the name of Lord Berosty's kemmering?

5. What happens for the first time in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Chapter 7 tie into Genly's story?

2. What is Genly's impression of Orgoreyn?

3. Why is the Shath Domain, Getheren's homeland, experiencing poverty and widespread illness near the end of Chapter 2?

4. What is kemmering?

5. What does Commissioner Shusgis do that is so surprising to Genly? Why does it surprise him?

6. What themes are present in Chapter 5?

7. What does it mean when Handdara, the Karhidish religion, is described as having duality?

8. Why does the First Ekumen send only one representative (Genly) to King Argaven to conduct negotiations with him on its behalf?

9. What theme is brought out in Chapter 11, and how is it brought out?

10. What does the story in Chapter 9 foreshadow?

(see the answer keys)

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