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. What does Nita say is in Tool's genes?

2. What ship had been chasing Nita into the storm?

3. About what do Nita and Nailer argue?

4. Where is Lucky Girl when Nailer wakes?

5. Why is tricking the Pole Star the Dauntless' only option?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the chase scene and the possible consequences.

3. How does the Dauntless fall into a trap and what seems to be the best way to get out of it?

4. What bothers Nailer the most about his situation with Pima and Nita?

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

6. What do they learn from Tool about Nita's kidnapping?

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

8. What does Nita say about why her uncle is chasing her?

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

10. How is Tool removed from being their guardian?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not?

5. What type of plot do you think Ship Breaker is? Explain your response.

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