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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has changed the way Vicky views things?

2. What does Adam encourage Vicky to do?

3. Why does Vicky go to work with John?

4. What does Leo ask Vicky to do with him?

5. What happens when Commander Rodney is saving a young boy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Vicky do with Adam for which she feels badly?

2. What does Mrs. Rodney offer to do with Grandfather?

3. What creature catches Vicky's eye at the funeral and what does she think it symbolizes?

4. What does Robin tell Vicky?

5. What are Vicky's thoughts about dolphins as she makes dinner that night after her first visit to the lab?

6. What does Zachary tell Vicky about himself in relation to Commander Rodney?

7. To what is Vicky drawn in Adam?

8. What does Vicky find that makes her feel better when she gets home from her date from Zachary?

9. About what does John wonder when he spies Zachary and how does Vicky react to John's statement?

10. What happens after Vicky and Zachary go flying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of "A Ring of Endless Light" and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of this story, and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Adam at the beginning of the novel to him at the end of the novel. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both sympathetic characters? Which "Adam" would you most likely have as a friend? Why?

2. Compare/contrast Zachary at the beginning of the novel to Zachary at the end of the novel. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why?

3. Compare/contrast Leo to Zachary. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why? Is each one compassionate? Honorable? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "A Ring of Endless Light", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "A Ring of Endless Light". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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