The Fifth Sacred Thing 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. The voice of the South represents ______ and its guardian animal is the Coyote.

2. The Voices participate in the discussions of the council, ______ representatives of the Four Sacred Things.

3. Chapter 9 ends with ______ of the members of the household engaging in a ritualized sexual encounter.

4. Bird's homosexuality is portrayed as being unrelated to stereotypes about _____ and being around only males.

5. When Bird originally ended up in jail he was tortured by the guards so that he would divulge information about ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the process through which decisions are reached in the city? Who is allowed to participate in the decision making process?

2. What begins to return to Bird as he continues to recover memories in jail?

3. What does Bird do in order to dispel his confusion and try to get his bearings of the situation?

4. Why do the residents of Toxic territory refer to themselves as monsters?

5. How is the government of the city run according to the book?

6. What religious beliefs and or cultural practices are considered to be okay to practice in the South?

7. What is the name of the new prisoner that is brought into the cell when Littlejohn and Bird are there and what does Bird do to him?

8. Maya is often visited by several spirits of the dead, who she communes with on a regular basis. Who are her two most frequent visitors?

9. Madrone goes into a trance to heal a patient and realizes that the disease might be too powerful. When she is done what happens to Madrone?

10. What is Bird's condition when he awakens at the beginning of chapter two and who is with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If the city that you lived in and the school that you went to were suddenly to convert to consensus process what would change for you? Would the process work?

Essay Topic 2

How would the book change if it were written from the perspective of a heterosexual male member of the City?

Essay Topic 3

The four sacred things are all elements of the environment and necessary for life. They were even given a voice in council so that the natural world could speak about its own future. Is the natural world included in any decision making in our world? What would change if it were?

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