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 Nailer know he can never do now after the melee on the beach?

2. How does Nailer feel on the train?

3. What has Richard been forcing down Nailer?

4. What does Nailer convince Knot to do?

5. What happens as Tool is walking towards Nita and Nailer?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is Tool removed from being their guardian?

5. Describe the argument between Nita and Tool.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Ship Breaker, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Ship Breaker. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not? Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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

The religion of the jungle is deeply explored with almost every character having an opinion about the Luck that has been bestowed on Nailer.

1. Do you think humans will always make up religion in some form whenever they are in a group? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and Ship Breaker to support your reasoning.

2. Discuss the ways in which Nailer's life was influenced by what he considers to be balance? Use examples from your own life and Ship Breaker to support your reasoning.

3. Discuss the reasons you think so many dangerous organizations came out of what was obviously an apocalyptic event in the world. Use examples from your own life and Ship Breaker to support your reasoning.

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