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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 Kin waiting for in the lounge in orbit around Kung?

2. How is the ship piloted?

3. Which character claims to have visited a planet with technology so advanced it could have only been created by the Spindle Kings?

4. On what planet was Marco raised?

5. Within the company, how is the position of "watcher" regarded?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the result of the attack on the group, and what do they learn about their attackers?

2. What are Shand proteins, and how are they important to Silver?

3. What do Kin and the others do with Jago after he dies? What do they plan to do with him in the future?

4. How does Jago die?

5. Who were the Spindle Kings, and what were they like?

6. What things are unusual about the ship that Jago arranged for the expedition?

7. Why does Kin feel conflicted about going with Jago?

8. What does the Company provide for humanity as a whole and, specifically, for its employees?

9. According to Joel, what are the consequences of the forgery of day bills? What does Joel do as a result?

10. What are Kin's interests, outside of her work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Marco Farfarer experiences significant character progression and drives much of the story.

Part 1) Who is Marco Farfarer, and what are his significant character traits? What kind of state is he in at the beginning of the novel? What major conflicts will he face?

Part 2) As the story progresses, how does Marco deal with these conflicts? What parts of his nature dominate at various times? Use specific examples from the book.

Part 3) How does Marco's character arc end? Has he resolved his major conflicts? Has he learned and grown as a person, and how have his experiences affected him? How is he likely to behave, and what is he likely to go on to do after the events of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Appropriately, the theme of creation for creation's sake is discussed at the beginning and the end of the novel. It ties the story together, and it ends up being the major theme of the story as a whole.

Part 1) Explain the development of this theme throughout the novel. How does it appear at the beginning and end of the story, and is there any exploration of it between those segments?

Part 2) How do Kin's personality and interests demonstrate her closeness to the concept of creation for creation's sake?

Part 3) Explain why the motivations of the creators of the flat planet are aligned with Kin's. How does this make it easy for Kin to agree to the computer's requests? Why does Kin find the revelations that the computers share with her so life-changing?

Essay Topic 3

"The Hero's Journey," a collection of archetypal story elements, was suggested by Joseph Campbell as an explanatory tool for understanding storytelling. The structure of this novel demonstrates several of Campbell's archetypes.

Part 1) Explain Campbell's "Hero's Journey." Could the author have been aware of this concept, and does it appear to have informed his writing?

Part 2) Discuss ways in which elements of the plot correspond to stages from the hero's journey. Explain each stage that applies and cite the section from the book that corresponds to it, giving examples and a full explanation of the correspondence.

Part 3) Discuss stages of the hero's journey that are not present in the novel. Are these omissions demanded by the plot? Would the story have been significantly enhanced by the addition of any particular archetype?

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