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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. Where does Harry have to travel in Chapter 7?
2. What does the Sorting Hat do in Chapter 11 that is unusual?
3. How did the Black family's beliefs differ from those of Sirius?
4. After learning of the attack on Mr. Weasley, why does Dumbledore send former Headmaster paintings to search for him?
5. Why does Hermione begin to question whether it's a good idea to meet in their secret club?
Short Essay Questions
1. What causes McGonagall to vow that she will see Harry an Auror if it's the last thing she does?
2. What internal debate in Chapter 18 illustrates Hermione's growing wisdom and maturity?
3. How does Hermione explain Cho's see-sawing emotions to Harry, and why is her perception unusual?
4. What makes the hearing in Chapter 8 so unusual?
5. What could have prompted Marietta to betray the D.A. and get Harry into trouble?
6. What makes the presence of Bellatrix Lestrange so important in Chapter 35?
7. Why did Dumbledore send Hagrid to attempt negotiations with the giants?
8. What factors lead into Harry deciding he wants to become an Auror?
9. Why is it ironic that Harry was willing to endanger the Dursleys by going home for the holidays?
10. Why are the centaurs angry with Hagrid, and what makes them decide not to attack him?
Essay Topic 1
Rowling seems to associate Coming of Age with painful experiences. Do you agree that the characters must develop a sense of mortality in order to mature and come of age? Support your assertion with details from the novel.
Essay Topic 2
Women in this novel are often seen in a grim or sinister light. Discuss the women of the novel and in what way their interactions with Harry contribute to his character development.
Essay Topic 3
The many students of Hogwarts express themselves in a variety of ways, with the common theme of the eternal struggle between personal choice and external expectations. Explore how family, society or other authority figures place expectations on the students, and the ways in which different characters express their individuality. How successful are they in this expression? Does it have positive or negative results for the character within the story line?
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