Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe) Test | Final 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. How many apprentices are tested in poisons at the conclave?

2. What form of address is accorded to a Grandslayer in the novel?

3. What does Rowan note is “the unofficial motto of all Charter Regions” (247)?

4. What likelihood does the Thunderhead calculate for human extinction in its absence?

5. What is the former name of Fulcrum City?

Short Essay Questions

1. What requirements does the Thunderhead express for a new Grandslayer to be installed?

2. What reason does Mendoza give for darkness in Greyson’s bedroom?

3. What problems attend Scythe Anastasia seeking to meet with Rowan after the attack on her at the theater?

4. What reasons does Anastasia consider for assisting Greyson in evading Constantine?

5. What reasons does Scythe Curie give for her antipathy towards Tonists (239)?

6. Consider briefly the symbolism of the name Scythe Faraday assumes in the District of Columbia.

7. What had been the significance of Xenocrates’s dinner parties?

8. Consider Scythe Constantine’s comment that he will attend the scythes’ conclave “even if they have to replace [his] blood with antifreeze to make it happen” (281-82). What is implied about him by the comment, and how is it implied?

9. What problems does Rowan identify in his attempt to escape Endura?

10. What overall form does Endura take?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the injuries sustained by people in the attack on Scythes Curie and Anastasia in the theater—and from which they are revived and healed. What effects would sustaining such injuries, with awareness of them and of recovery from them, likely have on those who suffer them? What in the text suggests those effects? How does it do so?

Essay Topic 2

The Thunderhead notes that “increased wisdom and perspective on their lives” does not linger long in those who have died and been revived (87). Why might this be the case? What in the text and in experience tells you so? How does it do so?

Essay Topic 3

Consider the following passage: “‘He didn’t go out with the garbage,’ Scythe Rand said. ‘I took care of it myself, then spread his ashes in a field of wild bluebonnets. Just saying” (306). Assuming that Rand is being truthful, what does the passage imply about her? What in the text affirms the implication? How is the implication supported?

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