Breaking Dawn Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Stephenie Meyer
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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. For what is Jacob not born?

2. In what is Charlie disappointed concerning Jacob?

3. Why does Jacob leave the wedding reception?

4. What does Edward tell Jacob about the baby when Jacob returns to the Cullen house?

5. Why does Charlie call Billy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the birth of Renesmee and Jacob's imprinting.

2. Why does Sam say the werewolves will not attack the Cullens?

3. Why does Edward mistakenly think Bella has said something to him?

4. How is it evident that the vampires are appreciative of the werewolves' presence?

5. How does Bella feel about Jacob being there and how does Jacob feel about it?

6. Why does Sam change his mind about attacking the Cullen home, and what is Jacob's response?

7. What does Sam refuse to do and how does he misunderstand what Jacob intends to do?

8. How does Charlie react to Edward and Bella's desire to marry?

9. Why does Bella cry out and how is she afterward?

10. What happens when Edward spies Jacob entering the house during the wedding reception?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Breaking Dawn. Questions that Meyer 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 Meyer's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Meyer' probable agenda concerning that idea.

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

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

4. Research the life of Meyer and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Stephenie Meyer.

2. What in Meyer's background may have helped him in writing Breaking Dawn? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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 Breaking Dawn help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Breaking Dawn? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Breaking Dawn to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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