Ship Breaker Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Paolo Bacigalupi
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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 does Nailer find on his first dive?

2. What happens when the duct suddenly squeaks and shakes?

3. What does Nailer say she must do if he keeps her alive?

4. How does Nailer explain why he took so long to get what he gathered?

5. What does Nailer watch as he lies down outside the tanker after work?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nailer feel when he sees Sadns emerging from the woods with his father?

2. How does Nailer fee about Bright Sands?

3. Where is Nailer crawling when he goes back end and what does he think of concerning Jackson Boy?

4. How does Nailer feel about Richard, and what saves Nailer from a beating when he gets home after his oil experience?

5. What are the few people's reaction that see Nailer immediately after he pops up to the water's surface and why do they react the way they do?

6. What is Nailer doing as the novel opens?

7. Why are Pima and Nailer shocked by what they find on the clipper ship?

8. What is wrong with Nailer and why will it be difficult to cure?

9. What does the girl ask Nailer when she wakes and what is his reaction?

10. What does Nailer do immediately after the blood ritual is completed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Nailer and Richard. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Nita and Pima. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Ship Breaker help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Ship Breaker is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever finished reading a book and did not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Paolo Bacigalupi.

2. What in Bacigalupi's background may have helped him in writing Ship Breaker? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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