Soul Catcher Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In his college papers, to what does Hobuhet compare Native American myths?

2. What does David ask Charles when they first stop to rest?

3. What has David dropped on the rocks during the climb before he and Charles first stop to rest?

4. What summer job does Charles take?

5. Who is Dr. Tilman Barth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the importance of the knife to David. Why does he get so angry about Katsuk throwing the knife in the river?

2. What do the events of Section 10 tell you about the relationship between Katsuk and David? How does Katsuk feel about this and why?

3. To what does Charles compare Native American myth in one of his college anthropology papers? What do you think is his purpose in doing so?

4. David nurses the ill Katsuk, bringing him food and water and keeping him warm. What is ironic about the relationship between the two at this point?

5. Outline Katsuk's fascination with the bee. What does he believe it is? What does he believe it can do?

6. When Katsuk finds a raven feather in Section 6, what does Katsuk think is wrong about his current path? Why does he think that, and what does he do about it?

7. Why do you think David feels a spiritual connection to Katsuk?

8. What rituals does Katsuk undertake when he goes into the forest after his sister's death?

9. Katsuk is ill, yet David still follows him. Why do you think David doesn't take this opportunity to escape?

10. Why does David begin collecting pebbles, and why does it anger Katsuk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This novel ends with Katsuk killing David with the ceremonial bow and sobbing over his body once the deed has been completed. Was this a surprise ending? Why or why not? Why do you think Katsuk goes through with this even though David has just nursed him back to health? Do you think Katsuk realizes that David was trying to save his life? Why or why not? Why does Katsuk hold David and cry after David is dead? Does he feel badly for what he has done? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Imagery is an important part of the story. The setting is a stunningly beautiful and impressive natural wonderland. The author is very descriptive, drawing the reader into the cold and damp, the broken and bleeding victims of a poacher, and the absolutely breathtaking scenery. Perhaps the most important of these is Section 6 where the author uses more vivid adjectives, not simply describing a sunset as "rich," but as "molten," for example. What does the more vivid imagery add to the story? What does it add to this section? Why do you think the author chooses to express himself in this manner at this point?

Essay Topic 3

David's character begins as an innocent, privileged boy excited about his opportunity to go to camp. By the end, he reminds one of a jaded, confused adult with too much on his shoulders. Outline David's changes step by step throughout the novel, culminating in the role reversal where David is taking care of Katsuk. Be sure to cite examples from the novel.

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