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. What does Lilith learn from Tino about Tate?

3. Why does Joseph come to Lilith's room?

4. About what is Akin warned by members of his family?

5. In Chapter 3 what are Tate and others building?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Lilith meet in Chapter One of Dawn and how does she feel about Jdahya?

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

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

5. What does Lilith watch Jdahya do when they leave the room and what is his explanation of his action?

6. Who do Lilith and Akin meet in the forest and what is Lilith's reaction?

7. In Chapter 2, Dawn, where does Kahguyaht take Lilith and what does he do with Lilith after that?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes Lilith's Brood interesting. Discuss the following "good" characters:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Nikanj. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Akin. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Lilith. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In Lilith's Brood, it is hard to know who is the "good" guy versus the "bad" guy. Discuss one of the following:

1. Name two groups/factions/individuals who are untrustworthy and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout Lilith's Brood. How far into the book does it take to separate the untrustworthy from those who can be trusted?

2. Name two groups/factions/individuals who are trustworthy and analyze their actions and impact upon the plot throughout Lilith's Brood.

3. Are there some characters who can be trustworthy at times and not trustworthy at other times? Who? Why do they vacillate?

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