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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. How long does it take the boys to make a raft?

2. What happens to people who enter the Tripod City?

3. How many boys are allowed on the deck at one time?

4. How long have the boys been without food?

5. What do they decide to do about steering the raft?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Beanpole convince Moritz to do?

2. How did the boys sleep that night and how do they wake up?

3. What does Beanpole suggest might be a good way to get downriver?

4. How did Will and his friends learn about White Mountain?

5. Why are Will, Henry, and Beanpole working so hard and at what are they working?

6. What was Will forced to do in his journey to White Mountain?

7. About what do the boys argue and what do they decide while on the river?

8. What does the man say when he answers the boys' question?

9. Since the boys arrive at the dock early what do they do?

10. What does the person the boys see do and what do they ask him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Will left White Mountain to go to the games in hopes of entering the Tripod City he did so in order to find a way to fight the aliens. The two groups, Tripods and Humans are set up as evil and good. In a majority of fiction there are usually clear lines between "good and evil." Will runs into a small glitch in his good and evil thinking -- his Master decides to be friends and for the most part treats him well.

1. Although no true friendship can exist between a master and a slave -- the power distribution is too uneven, Will certainly fares better than Fritz. What do you think is meant by this statement? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think in any group of people all of the members are either evil or good? For example is it possible there are some good in the aliens? Why or why not?

3. Describe a situation in the 21st. Century that you think represents an alignment of Good on one side, and of Evil on the other.

Essay Topic 2

Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Will and Fritz. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities, and social skills.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Fritz and Beanpole.

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Will discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

Essay Topic 3

In the world of academe, science fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think science fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think science fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposed for people reading science fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read science fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

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