Born at Midnight Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

C. C. Hunter
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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. Who comes to get Kylie after the party?

2. What does Kylie see on the windowsill?

3. What could keep Miranda from becoming high priestess of her coven?

4. What does Derek sense about Kylie concerning Lucas?

5. Who is Helen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Kylie's family situation at the opening to the novel?

2. Who are the men and suits and what do they have to do with the camp?

3. Who does Kylie see that she knows from an younger age and what did she think of him?

4. Why are members of FRU curious about Kylie?

5. Why does Kylie feel embarrassed about cuddling with a kitten?

6. What does Kylie's father ask her mother for and what has happened to the objects?

7. How did Kylie end up at the camp for "troubled" teens?

8. What does Kylie learn about a deal Brian and Derek make and how does Kylie react to the situation?

9. Why does Lucas confront Derek?

10. What happens when Kylie, Miranda and Della are in their cabin together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 "Born at Midnight" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Born at Midnight? Why or why not. Use examples from "Born at Midnight" and your own life to support your answer.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Born at Midnight" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

"Born at Midnight" is one book in a series of novels involving Kylie and her powers. Discuss the following.

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

2. What are a couple 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

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Born at Midnight". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hunter chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hunter chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Hunter's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Hunter use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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