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

3. _______ decides to stay for the ritual and eventually decides that he will stay with the Monsters for good.

4. Madrone gives Bird a long list of those who have _____ since the last time he was in the city.

5. Bird admits that he has concern about information revealed as a result of ______ while in jail in the South.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. The members of the Black Dragon household construct altars to their deceased loved ones as a celebration of what holiday.

5. When Bird returns to the city, he and Madrone re-kindle a relationship. What is the nature of their relationship?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. What are the names given to the two different branches of the governmental structures of Southern California?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why did the author choose to use bees as the animals of initiation for Madrone? What symbolic power do they carry? If Madrone now has a hive mind - what has she lost?

Essay Topic 2

Why is the fifth sacred thing love? What are some other possibilities for the fifth sacred thing and why would you choose them?

Essay Topic 3

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

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