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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 Voldemort do to the person he questions?

2. What is a squib?

3. What does the message in the snitch say?

4. What has Hermione done in case of just such an emergency?

5. Who finds Harry?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Harry's escorts divided and who are they?

2. Describe the encounter with Crabbe, Goyle and Draco and the destruction of the diadem.

3. What does Mundungus tell Harry, Hermione and Ron?

4. What does Harry tell Voldemort about Snape and the Elder Wand?

5. What two things does Harry find when he goes to Grimmauld Place?

6. What advice does Lupin give Harry and what is Harry's response?

7. What happens right after Harry and Hagrid crash?

8. After jumping off the dragon, what does Harry see with his connection with Voldemort?

9. What does Harry learn about Severius Snape when Harry uses the Pensieve?

10. What happens to Severius Snape.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

In some ways, a novel that includes magic is full of "narrative contrivances." Discuss the following:

1. Define and offer examples of the literary device "narrative contrivance."

2. Does the fact that magic can do or undo almost anything change the way one reads a book whose world includes magic? For example, if one of your favorite characters dies in a world of magic, might there always be the expectation that somehow that character is not really dead, that magic will change the fact? How does a setting that includes magic change the reading experience?

3. Since magic can make almost anything happen (or not happen), then would a book such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows not actually need to contain any narrative contrivances? Explain.

4. Why do you think people like to read books about worlds that contain magic? Do you? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

In Harry Potter, the main hero is a male, as in a large percentage of novels. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think novels more often have a male hero than a female one?

2. Do you believe Hermione is as capable than Harry or Ron? Would the novel be as interesting to you if she were the one that was to defeat Voldemort? Why or why not.

3. Do you think females (in the real world) are just as likely and capable as males to be heroes? Why or why not.

4. Would you rather read a book with a male or female hero or do you have a preference. Explain your response.

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