The Diamond Age, or, Young Lady's Illustrated Primer Test | Mid-Book 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. In Vancouver, what does Hackworth do with the map that tracks the movement of the Primer?

2. In "Nell Sees Something Peculiar", why is everything covered in black dust?

3. After Miranda intervenes in the Primer's story to help Nell avoid danger, where does Miranda go?

4. In what way is the bridge an example of die-hard habits on the part of architects?

5. In the Primer, what does Dinosaur tell the children to do after the Baron falls asleep drunk?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Bud Is Prosecuted," how does the trial and sentencing of Bud illuminate the Confucian system of justice that Judge Fang follows?

2. In "Judge Fang Pays a Visit to the Celestial Kingdom," why is the conversation between Judge Fang and Dr. X vague and inconcrete?

3. In "Miranda's Reactions to the Evening's Events," what selfless act does Dinosaur perform and why?

4. What is the significance of Hackworth's actions in "Hackworth Compiles the Young Lady's Illustrated Primer?"

5. In "Judge Fang Goes for a Dinner Cruise," how does Dr. X first confirm the loyalty of Judge Fang, then place him in a dilemma?

6. As described in "Miranda," what is a full "Jodie" and why does Miranda go through sixteen hours of torture to obtain one?

7. As explained in "Miranda Takes an Interest in an Anonymous Client," how does Nell's interaction with her Primer differ from that of other children?

8. In "The Torture Chamber of Judge Fang," what is unusual about the torture and the prisoner's response to that torture?

9. Describe the birthday party of Princess Charlotte in "A Visit from Royalty," and explain how it further describes one aspect of nanotechnology.

10. When Bud visits a mod parlor, what upgrade does he choose and what sort of technology is involved?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Given there are no countries with boundaries in "The Diamond Age", what new boundaries have been created to restrict citizens? Can these boundaries ever be crossed? Which characters, if any, manage to cross these non-geographic boundaries?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the motives of Lord Finkle-McGraw and Hackworth in working to procure Primers for the little girls they love.

Essay Topic 3

Who is the protagonist in "The Diamond Age"? Who is the antagonist? Is there more than one protagonist or antagonist? What are the qualities that sets each of them apart and suits them for their roles?

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