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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 are the Spindle Kings credited with creating?

2. What does Kin do with Jago's forgery?

3. Marco shows the native people how to use the dumbwaiter by helping them program it to make what?

4. The faith of the natives that Kin and the others first meet best approximates which world religion?

5. Who joins Kin Arad at the lounge?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Marco's background, and what does he believe about himself?

4. What happens to the ship during its approach to the surface, and what is the result of this?

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

6. What does each character do during the journey to the flat planet?

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

8. Describe the steps Kin goes through to get to the ship after she arrives at Kung.

9. For whom does Kin Arad work, and what does she do?

10. As they fly around the flat planet, what do Kin and the others observe and conclude about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many alien races presented in the book, and sometimes their differences are very important to the storyline.

Part 1) Enumerate the various alien races presented in the book, and describe their important characteristics.

Part 2) How do the historical races affect the story?

Part 3) How do the characteristics of the living races affect the story? Provide examples of times when non-human characters were driven more by their racial tendencies than their unique personalities.

Part 4) How and when do these characters overcome their predispositions for the better of themselves and those around them?

Essay Topic 2

The Company is an organization of enormous power. It literally has power over life and death, and wields enormous influence in human culture. Kin's loyalty to the Company affects significant parts of the story.

Part 1) Describe the Company, it's history, and its goals.

Part 2) How well has the Company succeeded in its goals? Have its aims changed at all from the time of its founding?

Part 3) Why is the Company so large and influential? How is the Company's power seen in the story?

Part 4) Explain some of the consequences, both positive and negative, of the Company's enormous influence. Has it changed human society for the better, or for worse?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, characters are seen to exhibit varying levels of responsibility, especially Kin and Marco. Sometimes they act as the voice of reason or as a protector, other times they do things rashly, or need protection themselves.

Part 1) Which characters are shown taking significant responsibility? Why and how do they do so?

Part 2) At what times do Kin and Marco demonstrate a lack of responsibility. What situations or feelings cause them to suspend their mature decision-making?

Part 3) How do Kin and Marco learn from one another, and how do they support each other? By the end of the novel, have they become more or less responsible?

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