Lilith's Brood 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 does Nikanj say the other humans are saying about Joseph and Lilith?

2. Where does Nikanj take Lilith after they meet?

3. What happens to the person in question # 29?

4. What does Nikanj tell Lilith the humans planned to do with her on Earth?

5. What do the eyes look like of the person in the room with Lilith?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Lilith is out gathering supplies and why did it happen?

2. What does Lilith do before she wakes any humans and who does she decide to wake first?

3. Who attacks Lilith's camp, what does he do, who finds Lilith and what happens to Joseph?

4. In Chapter 4, where do Lilith and Joseph go and why are the others following them?

5. Who is Akin and what does he look like? Who is is father and why does Lilith worry?

6. What does Jdahya tell Lilith about her group and earth and the Oankali and earth?

7. What happens to Tino and Akin when they are out alone?

8. Why does Nikanj take Lilith back home in Chapter 3 and what does Nikanj refuse to do when it takes her back?

9. What does Nikanj say about Lilith's worries?

10. What does Jdahya tell Lilith the Oankali have discovered about the human species?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that most likely Butler wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Butler's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 2

The time this novel takes place in the future. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think technology in "real life" will have advanced as far as it has in Lilith's Brood? Do you think it will have advanced further? Explain thoroughly with examples.

2. What do you think are the difficulties of creating a setting far into the future? What are the advantages?

3. Many science fiction novels written in the early 20th century actually "predicts" some technology that is commonplace during the first decade of the 21st century. Research some early science fiction novels and discuss how much of the "pretend" technology is actually "real" now. How you think Napoleon Hill's belief that "what man can conceive and believe, man can achieve" can explain how technology in early science fiction is now a reality?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Lilith's Brood based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Lilith's Brood is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that Lilith's Brood is a trilogy changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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