Gathering Blue Study Questions

Where is Kira when the story opens?
Kira is at the Field of Leaving

What is she waiting for?
the spirit of Katrina to leave her body

Why does Kira have no place to go?
Her cott has burned down

Why is Kira using a walking stick?
She has a crippled leg

What happened to Kira’s father?
He was taken by beasts while hunting

Who does Kira talk to back at the village?

What is left in Kira’s garden?
vegetables and flowers

What does the woman take from the garden?

What is on Vandara’s face?
a scar

What does Vandara pick up?
a rock

When she speaks to the hostile women, to what does Kira appeal?
their fears

What would happen to the causer-of-death?
They would be killed

Who will decide Kira’s fate?
the Council of Guardians

Who lived through the Ruin?

Who tells of the Ruin?
the Singer

What does Kira do when she approached the stick cross?
She arranges her hands in a reverent way

What does Vandara do after she makes the worshipful gesture?

According to Vandara, why was Kira allowed to live as an infant?
Her grandfather had great power

Why is Kira not required to defend herself?
She is only of two-syllables.

What does Kira touch in her pocket?
a scrap of cloth and her mother’s comb

Who wears ornamentation?
Jamison and the Elite

What is in the volumes bound in green leather?

What question does Kira have about her father’s death?
“Was he afraid?,” “Was my father afraid?”

What crime does Christopher say Vandara has committed?
She murdered her own child by making him eat a poisonous plant

What special sewing did Kira’s mother do?
Weaving the Singer’s robe

What color couldn’t Kira’s mother make?

When did Kira decorate the cloth she touches in her pocket?
When her mother was sick

What is in the box in Kira’s room?
the robe

Who taught Kira’s mother the art of dyeing cloth?

Who gets Kira’s spot for her cott?
Vandara and the women

What is Kira’s new job?
the new weaver of the Singer’s robe

How did Matt get his dog?
Matt found the stray dog and used a branch to splinter its tail

Why will Kira meet Matt at the steps at four bells?
Matt will bring things he salvaged from Kira’s burned cottage

Who accompanies Kira to her new living place?
Matt and Jamison

Who lives across Kira?

What is in the bundle Matt carries?
a threading frame, dried herbs, tubers, and folded pieces of her mother’s clothing

What happens to the special cloth at night?
the cloth moved as if it had life.

What is a tender?
a helper

How did Thomas’ parents die?
They were shocked by lightning

What does Kira find in the shallow drawer?
threads not yet dyed

Who goes with Kira into the woods?
Matt and Branch

Why doesn’t Matt know what a gift is?
Gifts aren’t given in the Fen.

What color can’t Annabella make?

Is there any blue in the Singer’s robe?
There once was, but has faded

How does Thomas help Kira remember her plants and dyes?
He will write and read aloud the names of the herbs

What sound does Thomas hear in the night?
a child crying

What is Thomas working on?
the Singer’s staff

After finding Matt in the hunting group, where do Thomas and Kira take Matt?
Kira’s bathroom

What does Matt want of Kira?
a gift

Why is Kira frightened as she walks down the path to Annabella’s?
Kira thought she heard beasts

What does Annabella tell Kira about beasts?
There be no beasts

Who does Kira decide to ask about beasts?

What pattern does Kira see in the robe?

What does Kira think could be making the noise?
an animal

Whose voice does Kira hear in the corridor?

Who is singing?

What does Jamison say happened to Annabella?
She died in her sleep

Why does Matt tell Kira not to go to the old dyer’s?
She wouldn’t be there, she died

Where did Matt see Jamison that morning?
Walking beside the draggers who carried Annabella’s body

What does Jo say she’s doing?
practicing her song

Where does Kira find Jamison?
In the open doorway of Kira’s room

Why won’t Jamison let Kira watch at the Field for Annabella?
there is work to be done with the Gathering approaching

Why isn’t Thomas surprised that Jo is locked in?
Thomas was locked in as a tyke

What is the word Thomas uses to describe himself, Kira, and Jo?

How can Thomas and Kira get into Jo’s room?
Thomas carved a key that can unlock any door.

What does Kira do to soothe the child?
picks her up, cradles and rocks her

What is the emergency signal that Jo needs them?
tap on the ceiling

What does Kira suddenly know?
They’re being used–they are not free–they are captive

Who makes a low growl like a beast?

What does Thomas give to the woman in the Fen in exchange for info?
an apple

What is in front of Matt’s house?
a broken tree

Where did Matt go?
trying to find blue

What is Matt’s special talent?
making people laugh

What will Jo sing someday for Kira?
a new song

Where does the Singer live?
in a different section of Edifice

What does Jamison expect Kira to do after the Gathering?
start dyeing new threads

Who told Thomas that someone would come for him and Kira?
a tender

What does Kira do when she’s introduced?
stands and bows

What does Jo do when she’s introduced?
smiles and waves

What does Kira feel when she sees the robe?

What is Kira able to do when she looks at Thomas’ lists of plants and dyes?
reads some of the words

What is the “big giftie” Matt has brought to Kira?

What is different about the people yonder?
they are all crippled and broken

What is the sound Kira hears?
dragging sound of metal chains

Who does the Singer call on stage at the end of the performance?

What is the stranger wearing?
a blue shirt

What is the stranger’s handicap?

What is in the bag?
woad from yonder to make blue

Who is the man?
Christopher, Kira’s father

Why was Christopher hurt?
Jamison tried to kill him out of jealousy

Who took Christopher from the field?

Does Christopher have another wife?

Where does Kira’s father want her to go?
to go to village yonder

Who tried to kill Christopher?

What does Kira plant?

What is the metal clanging sound Kira hears at the Gathering?
chains on the Singer’s ankle

Who will take Christopher to the village?

What part of the woad might live?
the small shoot

Who does Matt think Kira can marry?
a blue-eyed boy in the village

What gift does Kira’s father leave with her?
his shirt

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