The Left Hand of Darkness 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. What is Estraven II known throughout history as for his actions?

2. What is the bridge on the river Ey?

3. What happens to Getheren on the third morning after his departure from his homeland?

4. Before he dies, what does Estraven II do?

5. What takes place between Estraven II and Therem of Stok?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the non-human prisoners drugged, aside from interrogation purposes?

2. What does the story in Chapter 9 foreshadow?

3. After the reception for Genly is called off, what is the advice Estraven gives to him?

4. Why does Herbor, Lord Berosty's kemmering, offer his life for a Foretelling by the Weaver Odren after Berosty locked himself away?

5. What does Argaven do when he learns of Genly's whereabouts in Chapter 20?

6. In Chapter 16, Genly keeps Estraven from falling during the earthquake and teaches him to play a game. Estraven restores the skin on Genly's face when it becomes frostbitten. What does this show about their relationship?

7. Why does Estraven try to escape Kuseben, and why is he safe once aboard the harbor patrol ship?

8. What themes are present in Chapter 5?

9. What does Chapter 3 reveal to us about Genly's nature?

10. With what does Lord Berosty kill his kemmering?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why is weather so important, both metaphorically, and literally, as explained in "The Left Hand of Darkness?"

Essay Topic 2

Explain how the different viewpoints concerning good and evil expressed by the Orgota religion, Yomesh, and the Karhidish religion, Handdara, affect how each country treats Genly Ai, at least on the surface.

Essay Topic 3

Think back on the various dichotomies presented in "The Left Hand of Darkness," such as Gethenian's dual sexuality; the coldness of the landscape vs. the warmth of Genly and Estraven's tent; betrayal and love, etc. How do these tie into the theme of light and darkness, and how do they tie into the title of the book, which is part of a Gethenian poem that states light is the left hand of darkness and darkness is the right hand of light? Additionally, what is the poem just quoted trying to say? What does it mean for light to be the left hand of darkness and darkness the right hand of light?

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