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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 poem does Ellie trade with someone else so she does not have to do the one assigned her?

2. Why did Will look Ellie up in the school directory?

3. What is Will's relationship to Marco Campbell?

4. What does Ellie see as she opens her eyes while floating in the pool?

5. What is Ellie's parents' work status?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who does Ellie see on the trail with the man she saw in the ravine?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Summarize what Ellie says about the Arthurian legend.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Avalon High is? Explain your response.

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 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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