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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 makes Ellie happy when she observes Jennifer and Will?

2. Where does Will's father work now?

3. Why is Will hurt on the field?

4. What does Ellie think of the school itself?

5. What kind of songs has Will been listening to in the ravine?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Ellie pull out her school directory?

3. What does Mr. Morton say he is doing? What does he advise Ellie to do?

4. What does Ellie suggest Will do concerning his father pressuring him about the naval academy?

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

6. Why does Will come over to Ellie's home and why is Ellie happy about that?

7. What does Mrs. Wagner say when she calls Ellie that gets Ellie worried?

8. What happens in the aftermath of the revelation about Lance and Jennifer's relationship?

9. What does Marco tell Ellie about his past and what is her impression of his relationship with Will?

10. How does Ellie feel about what Mr. Morton is doing and what he told her?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Will and she asks him if there is something upsetting him. He says no, but goes on to tell her that his dad is pressuring him to attend the Naval Academy for college. Will tells her that he will get in, but that he doesn't want to be in the military and that his father is having a hard time accepting his decision. Ellie tells him his father is probably pushing him into a Naval career because he feels it is the best thing for Will. Will expresses, very eloquently, that he doesn't want to go into the military because he believes in peace and negotiation. Ellie suggests Will talk to his step-mom and ask her to try and convince his father to ease up on talk of Will joining the military. Will finally told his father that he didn't intend to go to college at the Naval Academy. Will's father was so enraged that he kicked Will out of the house.

1. Discuss reasons Will's father might be pressuring Will to go to the Naval Academy? Consider the possibilities of both positive, e.g. he thinks it will be good for Will and negative, e.g. Mr. Wagner's ego is involved, when writing your answer. Use examples from Avalon High and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss what Will's belief in peace and negotiations says about his values, morals and his character. Use examples from Avalon High and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Will has not considered speaking to his mother about helping him and Ellie comes up the the idea? Discuss this in terms of their different family dynamics, their personalities and their genders. Use examples from Avalon High and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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