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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 does Ellie think of the school itself?

2. What does Ellie think of the majority of the kids at school?

3. Whom was Lancelot dating?

4. Where are Ellie and her parents living at the opening of the story?

5. Why is Will hurt on the field?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mr. Morton say Ellie cannot help the situation?

2. What does Ellie tell Will about Marco and how does Will respond?

3. How does Mr. Morton respond to what Ellie tells him about Will, Jennifer and Lance?

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

5. How does Ellie relate Jennifer, Marco, Will, and Lance to the Arthurian legend?

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

7. What does Marco do with the sailboat when he spies a group of kids in an old, battered boat?

8. What does Will do when he sees Ellie? How does she respond?

9. What does Marco do that seems to be a deliberate attempt to upset Will?

10. What happens during the football game with Will, Lance, and one of the other team members?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 Avalon High, 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 Avalon High. (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?

Essay Topic 2

Avalon High is one book in a series of novels involving Ellie and Will and many of the other characters.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

2. What are two disadvantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Use examples.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier or more difficult (or about the same) to write a standalone book versus one in a series? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Avalon High and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Avalon High is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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