Ship Breaker Test | Final 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. Why is it going to be very difficult for Nailer to work in the machine room?

2. What alliance does Nailer fear may have happened?

3. Who is with Richard?

4. What does Nailer realize about his future?

5. What does Nailer know he can never do now after the melee on the beach?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens between Nailer and his father in the engine room?

2. How does Nailer almost blow Pima's deception to Richard?

3. What does Nailer learn about Nita's would-be rescuers?

4. What happens when Blue Eyes suddenly wakes and how is Nailer saved?

5. What does Nailer realize about those on board the Pole Star, and what is his final thought about it?

6. What is Nailer's and Pima's first view of Orleans?

7. Describe the initial boarding of the Pole Star by the Dauntless crew.

8. Describe the chase scene and the possible consequences.

9. Why does Nailer risk going into Blue Eye's shack and what does he do there?

10. What does Captain Candless do after hearing Nailer's story?

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

Ship Breaker belongs to the juvenile science fiction genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the juvenile science fiction genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a juvenile science fiction and a historical novel mystery?

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Ship Breaker and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Ship Breaker is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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