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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

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 2

Describe the maturation process for the larva Isaac kept in his laboratory that eventually became the slake moth. What developmental stages did the larva go through? In your opinion, were there warning signs about the terrible creature the larva would become? If so, when? Finally, who do you think should be held responsible for the slake moth attacks? Why? Be sure to include information from the text to help strengthen your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Isaac learns that he cannot trust many of the friends he once held dear to him. Choose two of Isaac's friends or colleagues that he thought he could trust, but turned out to be unable to. What changed in these relationships to destroy the trust between old friends? Given the circumstances, do you think Isaac overreacted to his friends' loss of trust? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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