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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 no longer startles Spider Rose?
2. What is the prize for the war of the Sunken Gardens?
3. Who remains after Lindsay pulls this stunt?
4. Who is always around to pick up the pieces?
5. What is Pongpianskul trying to do?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Nikolai come to find the central question of the universe? What is the central question?
2. For what reason does the Mechanist woman propose marriage?
3. What has happened to Lindsay?
4. What does the Presence reveal itself to be and what does it want with its existence?
5. Why is the name "Fuzzy" a private joke?
6. Why is the Queen's departure the death knell for CK?
7. What does Dr. Mirny tell Dr. Afriel about the Swarm and what he can hope to gain from them?
8. What is Lindsay convinced about, regardless of what Vera says, in terms of the rat?
9. How has Spider Rose's pet helped her overcome issues?
10. How is Wellspring dressed and why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss Lindsay's relationships throughout the novel. What is interesting to note about each of them? What relationship lasts the longest, in the course of the novel and in years elapsed? Why do you think that is?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Dr. Mirny's interpretation of the Swarm. How does she see them? Is this analysis accurate? Suggest reasons why the intelligent caste of the swarm takes over what was once its best ally. Is this a sound and logical move or one made out of emotion? Justify your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the novel, Lindsay changes his identity numerous times. What are some of the similarities in each of his characters? What are some of the main differences? How do these characters impact his personality? Explain your answer thoroughly.
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