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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Lauren think the movers from KSF look like?
2. Who is Lauren's first convert?
3. What does Zahra's brother Marcus say sharers a good as?
4. What do the Solis' and the Mora's have in common with Lauren?
5. In Chapter 17, what do Lauren, Harry and Zahra all see for the first time?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain whether or not you classify this novel as science fiction. What elements of science fiction are present?
Essay Topic 2
Lauren and others acquire "hyperempathy syndrome", which makes them feel both the pleasure and pain of those around them.
a. How does this syndrome affect the lives of those who have it?
b. What are the drawbacks and what are the benefits?
c. What is the effect of knowing that she contracts the disease from her drug-abusing mother? Does it make the disease seem more like a curse and less like a "superpower"?
d. How does having this syndrome affect your relationships with others?
e. Do you think the syndrome is real or that the sensations are illusions? Explain, based on evidence from the text?
Essay Topic 3
Trust, or the lack of trust, between individuals is very important in the novel and shows to be instrumental in the success or failure of a community. Select three of the following relationships, and explain how trust between the following characters contributes to the ultimate success or failure of their community:
a. Cory and Mr. Olamina.
b. Lauren and Keith.
c. Lauren and Jo.
d. Lauren and Curtis.
e. Lauren and Harry.
f. Lauren and Bankole.
g. Lauren and Grayson.
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