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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 is Will's relationship to Marco Campbell?

2. What does Ellie feel as she is running?

3. What does Ellie wonder about what she saw at the bottom of the ravine?

4. Where does Will's father work now?

5. How does Ellie feel about Marco at the end of the evening?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Ellie pull out her school directory?

5. How does Ellie find Lance and Jennifer together right before Ellie is leaving the party?

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

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

8. What does Will do when he and Ellie pass a lemonade stand?

9. What does Jennifer want when Ellie talks to her at Ellie's locker?

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

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Avalon High. Questions that Cabot most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Cabot's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Cabot's probable agenda concerning that idea.

3. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

4. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

5. Research the life of Cabot and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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