Avalon High Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Mrs. Wagner want when she calls?

2. Why is the Beltway closed?

3. Of what is Will ignorant that everyone else knows?

4. What does Ellie suggest Will do to communicate his desires to his father?

5. How does Mr. Morton respond to what Ellie tells him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Will have to dive into the water? What is Jennifer's response?

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

3. What does Jennifer say about Ellie and Will?

4. What does Ellie face when she arrives at Mr. Morton's apartment? What does she do

5. What does Ellie say about Mr. Morton's abandoning his job and about the order?

6. What does Ellie decide to take with her to the ravine? How does the Darkness seem to react to her doing so?

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

8. Why is Mr. Morton annoyed with Lance on Monday morning? How does Jennifer defend Lance to Mr. Morton?

9. Describe how Will learns about Lance and Jennifer's relationship.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Avalon High.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Avalon High. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Avalon High. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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