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 opening scene has Maya climbing a hill overlooking _______ Bay, describing how the streets have been changed into streams and gardens.

2. The Council of the City govern through the process of _______ in which all interested parties are allowed a say.

3. The Fifth Sacred Thing focuses on one family in the egalitarian community in the city of _________.

4. Bird discovers from his companion that he has been in Angel City at ______ for the last ten years.

5. Bird tells Lily that he has promised to return to ______. Lily disagrees with him and says that it is not his path.

Short Essay Questions

1. As a part of the Voices, there are four animals that represent each of the sacred things at the council. What are the four animals.

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

3. After breaking through some of his amnesia, Bird begins to remember some of the details of his capture. What happened between him and the guards after his capture?

4. What are some of the negative effects of the raid on the nuclear reactor that Bird experienced at the time of the raid?

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

6. To what group or division does Madrone represent when she goes to the Council?

7. What are the author's opinions on sexuality, including homosexuality, bisexuality, and polyamory/polygamy?

8. What work have Holybear, Sage, and Nita been doing for the Toxics council?

9. 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?

10. What are the different naturally occurring elements that represent the Four sacred things.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Madrone is set up as the heroine of the story, a departure from the usual format in which their is a masculine hero. Describe the differences between masculine acts of heroism and feminine acts of heroism. Is one kind of heroism more important than another?

Essay Topic 2

What are some of the challenges that would need to be overcome in creating a multicultural, multilingual community? What holidays would be celebrated?

Essay Topic 3

What types of indigenous healing practices are still around? Are they effective? Are plants able to communicate with us to tell us their properties? Why or why not?

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