IF you are even LOOKING at this selection, I tip my hat to you, because you are clearly one of the few, the proud and the brave to value the best that science fiction has to offer. Barry Longyear's 1979 Hugo and Nebulla award winner is one of the best pieces of science fiction your students will ever read. Of all the many selections I read with my students, it is a guaranteed winner every year and yet few teachers seem to be aware of it. If they are, it's because they have a dim memory of the dismal movie that was made of it.
The beauty of the story is that it appeals to students who otherwise have no interest in the genre at all. It's a fairly simple but poignant story of two creatures - human and Drac - forced to live alone on a planet after shooting one another down in a space battle. What occurs after that is a brilliant means of getting across the simple understanding that prejudice and hatred cannot stand once people come to know one another. Written with great humor and dialogue, it makes for an excellent read aloud - which is important because it would be difficult to order enough copies of this out-of-print novella. It would also allow you to edit out the one drawback of the story which are the obscenities that crop up from time to time.
What you would be purchasing from me are five tests (In A and B forms for better testing security) for the five sections that I broke the novella into. Each section has 11 inference questions and 11 vocabulary questions, but the sections are scored out of a possible 20 points (This allows the students two bonus points for each section test.).
Should you desire it, I have the test in WORD format, so you can make whatever changes you wish. You need only contact me at:
Even if you don't purchase this testing format from me, I still highly encourage you to investigate this story. It was no accident that Longyear received science fiction's two highest awards.