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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 the resister in the forest holding?

2. Where are many of the humans on the Oankali ship?

3. Who is Lilith Iyapo?

4. What does the resister say his village thinks of the Oankali?

5. Where is Lilith?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is in the room when Lilith wakes in Chapter 2 and what does she learn?

2. What is different about Akin's intelligence and his body from humans?

3. What does Tate think about Lilith's story, what does Lilith show her and what does Tate say she is instead of a prisoner?

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

5. What does Jdahya tell Lilith about the sexes of the Oankali?

6. Why does Lilith have to stay with an ooloi and what does Nikanj ask Lilith to let it do?

7. What does Lilith do when several men try to rape a woman?

8. Who is the first human Lilith is allowed to meet, how does the meeting go and what is the result of the meeting? What does Lilith tell the Oankali about the human?

9. In Chapter Nine, Nursery, why is Joseph angry at Lilith and what happens when they argue?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Living Dead in Dallas belongs to the science fiction genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to science fiction.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre.

3. Discuss two reasons why it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

4. Discuss what your favorite genre is; give several examples and explain what you enjoy about books in that genre.

Essay Topic 2

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or technology that is not a part of the "real" world. In the case of Lilith's Brood, much of the setting is familiar to the reader, though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of Lilith's world that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in Lilith's world. Define the words as used in in Lilith's world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

2. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of Lilith's Brood. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in Living Dead in Dallas? What word(s)?

3. Were there any words you never really understood from Lilith's Brood? Which ones?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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