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 East represents ______ and its guardian animal is the Hawk.

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

3. Lily responds to Bird's concerns by saying that if he told them the truth that ____ old women who listen and dream defend the city, that nobody would listen.

4. Within the book, Starhawk explores all of the following themes except ______ that she has explored in her other writings.

5. In Chapter 7 it appears that Madrone is close to _____ after her healing work with her last client.

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 does Bird do that causes friction in his relationship with Madrone?

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

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

5. As Maya climbs the hill in the opening chapter, how does she describe the changes that have taken place in the City?

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

7. What is significant about the way that the city celebrates the Day of the Reaper?

8. What does Lily Fong of the defense council ask Madrone during the council meeting?

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

10. As a result of the raid, Bird broke both of his hands and is therefore no longer able to play what instrument?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What would happen if the United States tried to use nonviolence as a way to deal with international crises?

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

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

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