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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 interrupts Kin and Silver's conversation?
2. The flying statue that takes Kin out of the place she hides in has the form of which of the following?
3. What is done with Kin after her captors change their minds?
4. Soon after rescuing Kin, the group discovers what kind of a structure?
5. What does Kin ask Marco to do with the demon?
Short Essay Questions
1. What causes the brawl in the Great Hall?
2. Describe the creature put into the cell next to Kin. What does the group eventually learn and speculate about it?
3. What is unusual about the stars seen from the flat planet?
4. What do Kin and Marco resolve to do until Shand proteins can be found for Silver?
5. How are the explorers greeted when they reach the sailors' homeland?
6. Where does the Djinnee come from, and what does he do?
7. What do the explorers come to believe about the machinery of the planet?
8. What happens to Kin and the others at the end of this section?
9. Why is Kin arrested?
10. What does the group discover at the ship's crash-site?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are many examples of characters attempting and succeeding in taking revenge in this novel. It is a major theme that causes important changes within characters and drives the plot forward at important points.
Part 1) Which characters attempt or succeed in taking revenge in the novel? What are their motivations? Are they justified in their intentions?
Part 2) How do these actions affect and change these characters? Do they come to regret their actions?
Part 3) What can be said about the overall impact of the desire for revenge in the novel? In general, is it helpful or destructive? If one or more cases are exceptions to this general rule, explain their nature and importance.
Essay Topic 2
Jago Jalo is an interesting character about whom little is known. Most of his story must be interpolated from a small amount of information in the novel.
Part 1) What was Jago like before he was sent out on the Terminus project? Think about what sort of qualities would qualify someone for a difficult task like this, and what would make a person volunteer for the duty.
Part 2) What were Jago's adventures on the planet like after he crashed? Why was he not accepted as Disc Master, and how was he able to get off the planet?
Part 3) What was Jago's plan upon returning to the planet?
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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