Lilith's Brood Test | Final 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. Why does Akin want to go to the ship?

2. With what does Tate promise to help Akin?

3. What does Akin argue about on the shuttle?

4. Who is Akin's same sex Oankali parent?

5. What can ooloi do that might make them powerful?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who do Nikanj, Jodahs and the others meet as they leave to hide from the Oankali?

2. How does Akin feel about Dichaan's plan for him?

3. Why does Nikanj say Jodahs and Aaor have to return to the ship and how does Jodahs respond to that assertion by Nikanj?

4. What does Aaor do with Jodahs when he is going to heal the man and what is the result of his behavior?

5. What does Jodahs begin to resemble and why? Who do they find who needs healing, what is Nikanj's response and why is Jodahs wary of healing him?

6. How is Tino healed and what must he do for the birth of his sibling?

7. What does Tiikuchahk say about his choices in metamorphosis and how do the Oankali respond to his indecisiveness?

8. Why is Tino arguing about Akin with the Oankali and what does Dichaan decide to do about it?

9. Where does Akin go and what does he find when he returns to earth? What does he tell his friends there?

10. Why is Jodahs frightened about Nikanj's information and what does Nikanj say to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Lilith's Brood is? Explain your response.

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

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?

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