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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. Why does Joseph come to Lilith's room?

2. Why is Lilith looking at the information about the humans on the Oankali ship?

3. What are the humans speaking out about in Chapter 1?

4. What does Lilith learn from Tino about Tate?

5. What does Joseph think the humans should do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Lilith Iyapo when she wakes up in Chapter 1 and what is different this time then other times she's awakened? What does Lilith know about her situation?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Lilith's Brood is written in the genre of science fiction. Discuss the following:

1. What sets science fiction apart from other genres? Discuss several characteristics of science fiction that are absent in other genres and vice versa.

2. Some people might say that science fiction is merely for entertainment? Do you agree? Explain.

3. Discuss why Lilith's Brood falls under the genre of science fiction.

4. Why do you think literary criticism breaks down fiction into genres? Do you think the labeling of genre to a work is useful to a reader? Why or why not.

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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