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 interesting about the mafadet's skin?

2. According to David, who did Isaac get the larvae from?

3. What room number does David frequent while he's in the prostitution part of town?

4. Why was Benjamin Flex arrested?

5. What is a communicatrix?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Kinken?

2. How are Isaac and his friends captured by the militia?

3. What sounds does Isaac wake to in the morning of the novel's first chapter?

4. What disagreement do Issac and Yagharek have about the power source that will be used to propel his flight?

5. Who is Ged and how does he feel about Isaac's new project?

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

7. Who does the mayor reach out to for help when he hears of the slake moth's attacks?

8. Why does David find himself in Room 17 of Spit Hearth?

9. Why does Isaac suddenly set all his winged laboratory creatures free?

10. What immediate studying does Isaac do to prepare for his work with Yagharke?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

At first glance, the slake moths seem unstoppably powerful. First, describe the physicality and hunting style of the slake moths. Then, choose two deaths at the hands of the slake moths and describe them in detail. In your opinion, are slake moths more menacing than any other animal in the wild kingdom? Why or why not? Should the slake moths be villainized, or called "evil", because they are following their instincts? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

The Weaver is an interesting character with an interesting personal progression through the novel. First, describe the Weaver's personality at the opening of the novel, and how he became involved in the plot against the slake moths. Then, describe the Weaver's sudden character shift. What event caused this shift in motivation? Do you think it was genuine? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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