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Pittacus Lore
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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 is Henri's job concerning Number Four?

2. What does Sarah invite John, Sam and Henri to do?

3. What do the "Numbers" carry when separated from each other?

4. What does Sam think happened to his father?

5. What does John find Henri doing the next morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Henri decide to do before he and John go over to Sarah's house for Thanksgiving dinner and what happens to make John go on to Sarah's house alone?

2. What happens when John goes inside the house where Henri is being held?

3. Why does John run after Sarah and what do they discuss?

4. Why does Sam run over to John's house and what does John tell Sam?

5. Describe John's encounter with some of Mark's friends.

6. What is wrong with Sam and John's lockers and what is Sam reading?

7. What does Henri tell John about his newly-emerged Legacy, and is John entirely successful in doing what Henri tells him?

8. Who waves and then comes over to talk with John and Henri at the parade, and what does she do when John and Mark start taunting each other?

9. What do John and Sarah discuss in home economics class?

10. What are the "rules" of engagement between Gardes and the Mogadorians?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think I Am Number Four is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, 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 I Am Number Four and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why I Am Number Four 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 3

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 Pittacus Lore.

2. What in Lore's background may have helped him in writing I Am Number Four? 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.

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