I Am Number Four Test | Final Test - Hard

Pittacus Lore
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does John call to distract him from grief?

2. What does Henri say when John expresses hope that someone survived Lorien?

3. For what does John use his outstretched arm?

4. What does John do in response to what happens to Sam?

5. What does Mr. Harris ask John?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Henri tells John that as he hones this Legacy, he will become increasingly resistant to fire and heat. In the meantime, he will have to learn to control his emotions. This proves to be difficult as he sees Mark James and his friends again on his second day. This time, John will not blend in, or ignore. Instead, he demands the return of his phone by day's end. After this encounter, John's right hand begins to glow again. He pulls on the gloves he brought for this reason, and goes to his first class. Sam Goode sits beside him, and Sarah and Mark sit several seats ahead. At lunch, John sits by himself and Sam joins him. Mark and his gang begin throwing meatballs and the first one hits Sam on the back. John is hit with the second, and has had enough. He approaches Mark, but things don't go quite as planned. They all wind up in the Principal's office. Mark is hardly so much as chastised, especially when he claims that the false accusations are making it hard to concentrate on the upcoming interview with the local newspaper. Mr. Harris immediately takes his side, and John knows that now he and Sam will have to be careful as they are on Mark's radar now.

1. What are some of the suggestions you might make if you were John's friend as to how he might be able to control his emotions? Use examples from your life and the book to support your answer.

2. Why do you think the principal takes Mark's side against John, do you think this is common in schools and what do you think a school board should do to stop this kind of discrimination? Use examples from your life and the book to support your answer.

3. In view of John needing to blend in at school do you think it was wise or unwise for him to confront Mark? Why? Use examples from your life and the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in I Am Number Four. 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 Lore chooses the symbols he 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 Lore chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Lore'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 Lore use too many or too little 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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