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. In Chapter 1, who is Pemmer Harge rem ir Tibe ('Tibe' for short) described as?

2. What is the climate on the planet Gethen, year-round?

3. Where does Getheren wind up after he leaves Karhide?

4. Who finds Getheren on the ninth day after he leaves his homeland?

5. What is the Gethenians' sexual orientation, according to Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Genly say to the Commensals that he never mentioned to King Argaven?

2. What is kemmering?

3. What does Sorve, Estraven's son, ask Genly to tell him about?

4. What happens to a pregnant Gethenian's body?

5. What does Estraven do to make Genly angry with him? What is the significance, to Genly, of Estraven's behavior?

6. In chapter 16, why does Estraven ignore Genly while he is in kemmer?

7. In Chapter 19, how is betrayal portrayed?

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

9. In Chapter 18, what effect does Genly say that Estraven's being in kemmer hadson him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Was it a necessary or a needless thing for Estraven to allow Tibe's men to kill him? Why or why not? Did Estraven allow his death to happen in order to protect Genly, or did he commit suicide to avoid deportation to Orgoreyn? Please support your answers with specific references to the text.

Essay Topic 2

How does Estraven continue to work to help Genly see the truth of what he is telling him, as well as to convince Genly that Estraven is on his side? Back your statements up with excerpts from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Much of Chapter 18, which bears strong themes of isolation, revolves around Genly and Estraven in their tent. Please explain whether or not you believe the tent is an illustration of, or a haven from, the isolation and why. Use passages from the novel (not just Chapter 18) to back up your statements.

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