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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. Why does Ellie read up on Camelot?

2. Why has Will moved a lot in his childhood?

3. What does Ellie leave the bleachers to do?

4. Why is Ellie running with her father in the woods?

5. How does Will answer Ellie's question?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Ellie and her parents in Annapolis for a year?

2. Describe Ellie's encounter with Mr. Morton at the football game.

3. How does Ellie feel about Marco after Will has left the two of them in the hall?

4. Summarize what Ellie says about the Arthurian legend.

5. What happens as the teens prepare to go sailing?

6. What do Ellie and Will write to each other in emails when Ellie gets home from track tryouts?

7. What do Will and Ellie talk about on the widow's walk?

8. How does Will interact with Ellie's parents?

9. What do Ellie and Will talk about as they are floating in the pool?

10. Why is Ellie running with her father in a wooded area?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes Avalon High interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Will. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Ellie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Marco. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Jennifer. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

5. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Mr. Morton. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Avalon High. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Cabot chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Cabot chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Cabot's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Cabot use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Avalon High help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Avalon High? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Avalon High to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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