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 Richard seem to believe?

2. Where do Nailer and the others with him run?

3. What does Captain Candless hand Nailer?

4. How does Richard wound Nailer?

5. What does Pyce think Nita will do for him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What ship name does Tool finally recognize and why does Captain Candless decide to chase a different ship?

4. Where does Nita say they need to go and why will that be difficult?

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

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

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

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

9. What is another sign that the scavenge has been sucessful?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Over the course of Ship Breaker, Nailer grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Ship Breaker might be considered a slice of Nailer's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that Ship Breaker is a "bildungsroman" of Nailer Lopez. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Nailer as he changes from a more innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Nailer?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Nailer's growth throughout Ship Breaker, do you think Ship Breaker could be considered Nailer's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Ship Breaker who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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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