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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. With whom is Lilith told she must stay for a while to prepare for her future life?

2. Why does one of the women attack Lilith?

3. What does Nikanj say the other humans are saying about Joseph and Lilith?

4. What does Curt do to Lilith when he attacks their camp?

5. Where does one of the humans attempt to escape?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lilith find out about her memory when she allows Nikanj to work on her?

2. What two men are the first to be awaken by Lilith, what do they think of Lilith's story and what does one of them say about their return to earth?

3. About what is Akin warned and why does his family watch him closely?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. In the Training Floor where are the humans put, why and what are they talking about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Lilith's Brood and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Lilith's Brood is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

There are non-human sentient beings in Lilith's Brood.. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the Oankali. Who are they? What are their powers? What is their purpose? Are they "good" or "evil"? What do they look like physically? What role do they play in forwarding the plot? Are they believable? Why or why not?

2. Thoroughly discuss an ooloi. What are they? What are their powers? What is their purpose? Are they "good" or "evil"? What do they look like physically? What role does he play in forwarding the plot? Is he believable? Why or why not?

3. Thoroughly discuss a construct. What are they? What are their powers? What is their purpose? Are they "good" or "evil"? What do they look like physically? What role do they play in forwarding the plot? Are they believable? Why or why not?

4. Do you think sentient, non-human beings adds to the enjoyment of Lilith's Brood? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Lilith's Brood. Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Lilith's Brood. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in Lilith's Brood? Which theme in Lilith's Brood speaks to you the most in your life? Why?

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