Ringworld 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 Blind Spot referred to in Chapter 5?

2. Who must Nessus go see when the group arrives at the puppeteer planet?

3. What job does Speaker-to-Animals hold in the first chapter of the story?

4. Which of the following information about Ringworld is not correct?

5. What type of theoretical device does Louis think Ringworld is similar to in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Louis feel about the possibility of Teela joining the mission?

2. Please describe the flycycles.

3. What information does Nessus bring back to the group when he returns in Chapter 7?

4. What realization about Teela does Louis come to in Chapter 4?

5. What is Louis's reaction when he hears that Teela has decided to join the mission?

6. What happens when Louis laughs at the natives in Chapter 12?

7. Why does Nessus want Speaker on the mission?

8. Please describe the Long Shot.

9. How does Nessus handle Speaker's outburst in Chapter 4?

10. What is the trip to the puppeteer planet like for Louis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using the knowledge you have gained in your study of the Ringworld, give your personal critique of the book. Did they enjoy it or not? Do they think it was well written? Do they think that the literary techniques used by the author were used correctly? Were they helpful? In the end would they recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The tasp is used on more than one character in this story. Please explain what the tasp is and what it does. What is the tasp's affect on Prill and why was it used on her? Do you think that the use of the tasp was appropriate? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Please explain the role that puppeteers had, whether indirect or direct, in both the lives of both Speaker and Teela. What happens to the crew when Speaker and Teela realize how the puppeteers have been involved in their lives?

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