82 pages 2 hours read

Scott Westerfeld


Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2009

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During Reading

Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer Questions on key points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.


Reading Check

1. What is the name of the machine that Alek pilots during his escape?

2. What fake name does Deryn assume to gain entry to the Air Service?

3. What group of people are opposed to the Darwinist beasts?

4. Which famous airbeast does Deryn find herself rescued by?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. Why does Count Volger treat Alek with disrespect?

2. What shocking information does Volger reveal as Alek loses consciousness after being drugged?

3. What are the Darwinist “beasties” (the fabricated beasts)?

4. What finally leads Alek to accept that his parents are truly dead?

Paired Resource

June 28th, 1914

  • This educational resource from the National WWI Museum explores the events of Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination. It contains a press article from the day of the assassination, the Archduke and Princess Sophie’s schedule that day, a map showing the movements of the Archduke relative to the conspirators, and information on the Black Hand, the conspiracy group responsible for the assassination.
  • The information in this resource connects to the text’s theme The Consequences of Subterfuge.