Perdido Street Station 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 is the name of the bar Isaac frequents?

2. Who is NOT part of the posse that attempts to speak with Dr. Barbile about the slake moths?

3. Who sells colorberries?

4. What does Rudgutter give to Weaver as a bribe?

5. On what city holiday does Vermishank die?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Isaac awaken after being kidnapped by the Weaver?

2. What is a Cactacae?

3. How does Isaac treat Lin after the final slake moth attack?

4. What unexpected visitor stops at Isaac's house following the final slake moth attack?

5. How do the Cactacae feel about the slake moths hiding out in their buildings?

6. What does Lin tell Isaac she must purchase for her in the morning of the novel's first chapter?

7. What are the details of Dr. Barbile's death?

8. How does Isaac feel about seeing the garuda at the circus?

9. How do the Cactacae police react when they see Isaac running through their streets?

10. What is a mafadet and where does Isaac encounter one?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the opening of the novel, China Mieville immediately sets the parameters for the world of New Crobuzon and the rules of life there. First, describe in detail the setting of New Crobuzan and the rules of society life there. Then explain how this introduction prepared you as a reader to engage with the conflicts of the novel. Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

There are many interesting characters in the novel, but perhaps none more interesting than Yagharek. First, describe Yagharek's physicality and explain how he came to look like this. Then, describe the relationship between Yagharek and Isaac - both professionally and personally. Do you think Yagharek deserved to be abandoned by Isaac at the end of the novel? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Perhaps the eeriest place Isaac visits in the entire novel is the construct council. First, describe the setting of the construct council and the way society is structured there. Then, explain why Isaac finds himself at the construct council and what requests he makes of the council while he is there. Finally, explain why Isaac chooses to trust the council when he has turned his back on so many others along the way. Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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