Dark Flame Test | Mid-Book 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 Jude say to Miles about Ever's attempts to make up for hurting him?

2. Why is Ever upset with Jude?

3. What does Ever say is the reason she is asking Jude for help about Roman?

4. What is the first thing Ever notices when she gets to Summerland?

5. What does Ever do when Haven shows up at Roman's store?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Damen show Ever in the place he manifests, and why does he know that place?

2. What do Ever and Damen think of Haven's attitude, and what do they decide to do about it?

3. What does Ever do in Summerland, and why is it good for her? What does Ever tell Damen about Jude?

4. What does Ava tell Ever about the bond with Roman?

5. What does Damen tell Ever about magic, and what is her response?

6. Where does Ever go when she leaves Damen, and what shocks her there?

7. Who pops in while Jude and Ever are talking, and what happens then?

8. Where does Ever go from Ava's, who does she talk with, and why does she leave there?

9. What does Ever tell Damen when she leaves Summerland, and how does he react?

10. Who comes to the hospital to talk to Jude and what does he tell them?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the world of academe, fantasy fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think fantasy fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think fantasy fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading fantasy fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read fantasy fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Dark Flame belongs to the fantasy genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fantasy genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a fantasy and a historical novel?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Dark Flame. 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 Noël chooses the symbols she 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 Noël chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Noël's use (or lack) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Noël use too many or too few 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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