The City of Gold and Lead Test | Final 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 do Will and Fritz talk about when they see each other in Chapter 9?

2. What does Will's master decide is his and Will's relationship?

3. What happens to the competition as the games continue?

4. What is one of the types of events masters attend?

5. What does Will's master do with Will as he recovers from his illness?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Will have to pick his master up at work early?

2. Why do Will and Fritz talk about how to get out of the city, what do they think is the best way and what concerns Will?

3. What happens when Will's master uses more as bubbles than usual? Why is Will worried?

4. How does Will's master relax and what kind of information seems to fascinate him?

5. What does Fritz tell Will he saw that indicated where the Tripods might live?

6. What do Will and Fritz do when they see each other for the first time since entering the city?

7. What does Will's master decide is their relationship and what does he ask Will? What is Will's response?

8. What kind of tasks must Will do for his master?

9. Where does Will keep notes and how does he hide them?

10. Where does Will go to see Fritz who is sick and what does Fritz tell him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Will's world to that of "real" life. What are the advantages to each world? The disadvantages?

2. In which world would you rather live in if you wanted adventure and danger? Explain your response.

3. Discuss what you believe are the necessary information to have if you are going to create a world that doesn't exist.

4. Create an imaginary world and discuss what you would have the various institutions of the world be like. For example, the government, education, health care, religion, etc.

Essay Topic 2

The boys steal Hans' boat and Will learns a lesson in human compassion as he sees the desperation in Hans' face when Hans realizes he cannot stop them from leaving with his only means to reach the nearby village. Will is touched and will remember that moment for the rest of his life, suggesting some character growth from this event. Discuss one of the following questions:

1. What is compassion? How is compassion shown? Why might Will learn compassion from watching Hans? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. What is the difference between compassion and pity? Discuss the implications of feeling pity versus feeling compassion. Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3. How did feeling compassion for Hans help Will grow? Compassion is generally associated with mature individuals. Do you think Will's growth made him more mature? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Will discovers that the atmosphere is difficult for humans and the air completely incompatible with human life. This causes humans to suffer and age quickly, making them unable to survive inside the city for very long, which might suggest why no one has ever come out of the Tripod cities. It also does not bode well for Will and Fritz who have just become slaves to alien Masters.

1. Slavery has been in existence since the earliest records of humans. Discuss the disadvantages of slavery to a society and to a culture as a whole.

2. Discuss the advantages of slavery to those in power and (possibly will need research) why slavery became a part of human civilizations.

3. Discuss the symbolism between the air the Tripods breath being incompatible with human life and the fact that the Tripods' presence on earth have created a world of slaves who are under absolute control. Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

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