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  • Hello everyone,

    I have a perhaps rather odd request for you!

    I am a teacher and am currently correcting a test of a student. This student, remarkably, mentioned a particular story of Deltora Quest as part of an answer for the test. I am, unfortunately, not familiar at all with the series - but I don't want to let that stand in the way of rewarding the student for a creative answer to the question in the test. Could you help me figure out what this student is referring to?

    From what I understand, the main character is being told to choose from two roads, one of which looks terrifying. The character does (not?) choose this road, and ends up in a load of trouble.

    Can you help me figure out what the context of the story is? In particular (1) the book this story is featured, (2) the name of the main character, (3) the context of the choice (is there someone making him choose?), (4) what the two roads are like and (5) which he/she chooses in the end.

    If anyone could help me with these questions it would be much appreciated!

    Thanks in advance,

    Stapleslao

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    • Hi there!

      Thanks for asking, I'm sure we'll find the mentioned story from the books quickly.

      I think the student may be reffering to the choice of path in the book City of the Rats that Lief, Jasmine and Barda come across riding their Mudlets.

      However, I'll see what other users suggest it could be.

      I'm impressed by your willingness to give your student a fair go!

      Thanks,

      Ben

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    • It sounds to me like the scenario you are describing is the one Ben mentioned.

      In City of the Rats, the third book of Deltora Quest 1, the three protagonists are given strange beasts called Muddlets to ride. The shopkeeper who sold the Muddlets warns the questers not to take the Muddlets down the Broad River path when the road forks. However, he does not give a reason for his warning, which leads the companions to incorrectly guess his motives for warning them. They believe he was just trying to keep them out of danger -- out of the City of the Rats, which lies on the Broad River and is exactly where they want to go. They take the Broad River path despite the shopkeeper's advice against it, and end up riding right by an apple orchard not far from the Muddlets' original home. The Muddlets threw their riders and bolted when they saw home and smelled their favorite food. The questing companions end up in loads of trouble when they wake up Muddlet-less in a creepy city of cultish people obsessed with cleanliness. 

      So here are my answers to your questions, based on my understanding of the information you gave.

      1) The book is City of the Rats, from Deltora Quest 1.

      2) The main character is Lief, and the deuteragonists are Barda and Jasmine.

      3) No one is making them choose, but they had vague advice not to choose a certain path.

      4) Neither option was particularly bad, but the path the companions chose was a wide road through fertile green country. The other road was wide and strong as well. 

      5) The companions chose the road they thought would lead them to their destination, regardless of the shopkeeper's suggestion.

      I hope this helps!

      Rey

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    • Thanks Rey!

      Let us know if you have any more questions Stapleslao!

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    • Hey Rey and Belt of Deltora,

      Thank you ever so much for your responses! I think it's great when students think outside of the box - in this case when they relate what they learnt with something they read in a whole different context. If they do, then I find it to be my duty to try my best to understand them.

      I remained a bit vague earlier about the question itself, but now that you've told me the story and I have made up my mind I'll tell you what it was about if you're interested. The question was about Hercules (or rather Heracles, as the Greeks referred to him). In an ancient story from the fourth century BC the Greek author Xenophon wrote about Hercules standing at a crossroads in his youth. At this crossroads two women appear to him, one representing Vice, the other Virtue. They both stand next to the two roads, Virtue next to a narrow road, that has many obstacles, and Vice next to a broad road that is easy to walk upon. Hercules has to walk either the narrow or the broad road, or: choose between either Vice or Virtue.

      The question was to name a particular work of art in which the artist used this idea of chosing between Vice and Virtue, represented in a narrow and a broad road.

      In this particular case I understand that there is a comparison in the sense that there is a crossroads and that the main character has to choose between two roads. However, there is no moral choice involved, as with Hercules: neither road stands for the concept of Virtue or Vice in itself. Also, neither road appears to be full of obstacles while the other is easy to thread. Another difference is that Lief choses the wrong road, where Hercules choses the right one. So unfortunately, the comparison stops at both being a choice of a road with consequences.

      So to conclude, no points for this answer unfortunately. Not to worry though: the student passed with flying colours anyway!

      Thank you very much for your help - also on behalf of the student!

      Stapleslao

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    • You're welcome! Happy to help.

      It's great to see your dedication in trying to understand the student, even if their answer didn't get them any marks. I'm glad to hear they passed though!

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