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Open Notes / Closed Book--worth 10% of your grade.
Answer each question in one or two sentences. If you are reading this page
before the test, you may prepare answers in your notes. That will not be
considered cheating. However, be aware that questions on this test may change
at any moment before it is actually administered!
1. First, give the title, author and subject
of the book you read. Then, list four of the most important characters in the book
by name, by nickname, or by personal title used in the story if no name is given.
Then, in one sentence each, tell what important part each of
these four characters played in the story of the book. Be very specific.
2. What time (date,
year, or decade) is the book set in? If this information is not available, give
the century in which the book is set. Do not give general answers
like "now," "the present," "the far future," or "back in medieval times." Also
list what country or countries the book is set in.
3. In one sentence,
particular incident described in the middle part of the story was the most good, true,
beautiful, noble or brave, in your own opinion. In another single sentence, mention
why you think that this incident
especially stood out for you. In your answer, do not include the beginning or
the end of the story! Do not give general answers like "Isabel
Allende was very brave for sticking with her daughter for those many years" or
"The Last Emperor was very noble for defending his country and never
surrendering or running away." Instead, be very specific, like "Joanne
Trung was especially brave when she kicked the elephant's ankle. This impressed
me because the elephant could have easily stomped her to death, but instead it
ran away and the Smith kids were saved."
4. Explain in one or two sentences: If
at the end of the story the title
character or the main character of the book survives, how, where and why (by
what means) does he or she manage to
stay alive at the end of the story? If the title character or main character
does not survive, where, why, where and how does he or she die? Give very specific details
either way (do not just answer "the hospital," "in battle," "he
starved to death," or similar generalities).
5. In one or two sentences, describe one very
specific incident of the
book that you think was the least realistic or credible (or the thing that was
strangest and hardest for you to believe even though it might be true), and why it
seemed so incredible to you. (Do not answer "the whole story was fiction"
or "everything in the book was based on fact." Do not give general answers like "The main
character was too smart to be true." Be specific!)
6. In one sentence, answer: What is one important life-lesson can you,
personally, draw from the
book for your own present and future life? Do not give general answers
like "I will remain positive," or "I will remember that you can overcome
adversity if you try." Instead, be very specific about what life-lesson you
drew from the book.