Spin 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. What is the grand plan for Mars?

2. About what disease does Tyler learn?

3. What is the NK?

4. What does Diane tell Tyler when she returns to the motel room?

5. Where does E.D. spend most of his time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Chinese response to Spin and how would you interpret that?

2. How is Tyler doing with the medicine he has injected and why do you think he is taking the medicine when it has such terrible side effects?

3. What does E.D. reveal to Jason about the membrane called "Spin"?

4. Both Jason and Tyler wonder what the Hypotheticals (the name given to the fictional Alien race possibly responsible for the Spin) aimed to accomplish with the Spin. What do you think may be accomplished?

5. Why does E. D. know about the attributes of Spin and why does he reveal this information to Jason?

6. Why do you think many people, not just in this novel, but in real life, tend to turn to religion in a severe crisis?

7. Simon is the person Diane seems to have chosen for her lover at this time in her life and yet Jason thinks Simon is the least possible good for Diane. What do you think Jason means by this?

8. How does Jason giving Simon a ride in his Ferrari so that they can get a part for their broken car show the contrast between Jason and his sister, Diane?

9. What is the implication of a world where time moves much more slowly compared to the rest of the Universe?

10. What does Jason reveal about Perihelion's plans for Mars and why might this be significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The term "teraforming" is quite common in the genre of science fiction, including Spin. Discuss the following:

What is a general definition for teraforming as found in your research? Does the definition fit the way teraforming is used in Spin?

How does teraforming appear in Spin? Explain giving examples.

Does the concept of teraforming seem far fetched in "real" life? Why or why not?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of teraforming?

Is there any possibility that Earth was actually teraformed by advanced beings? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Religious cults exist in this story and in "real" life. Discuss one of the following:

How does the appearance of Spin affect conventional and non-conventional religious institutions?

Is joining a religious cult a healthy or unhealthy way of dealing with Spin? Explain fully with examples.

Compare and contrast how a cult in this story is similar to a cult that has existed in "real" life.

Essay Topic 3

Chapter one opens in the present but then flashes back to the past. This technique is done with a literary device called a flashback. There are a number of literary devices in this novel. Discuss one of the following:

Define "flashback" and give examples of it in the novel. What is the purpose of a flashback? How effective is the use of flashbacks in this story? What is a weakness of using flashbacks? Why do you think the author choices to use flashbacks in this story so often? Would this story be very different if told completely in chronological order? Why or why not? How would it change the plot?

Define metaphor and give examples of it in the novel. What is the purpose of a metaphor? How effective is the use of metaphors in this story? What is a weakness of using metaphors? Would this story be very different if there were no metaphors? Why or why not? How would it change the plot?

Choose one literary device that occurs in Spin and answer the following questions:

What is the purpose of the literary device? How effective is the use of the literary device in this story? What is a weakness of using this literary device? Would this story be very different if there were no occurrences of this literary device? Why or why not? How would it change the plot?

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