Lucinda's Secret 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. Why can't Lucinda eat human food?

2. Where does Helen say the family is staying?

3. What does Mallory want to do with the Field Guide?

4. To what is the Aunt connected?

5. What does the bag in their aunt's side table contain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lucinda say when Simon asks if Arthur is her father?

2. Who does Jared know could tell the children about the guide and why can't they ask him?

3. What kind of pranks is Thimbletack playing and who was blamed for the last prank by Jared's mother?

4. What does Lucinda snatch away from Simon and then what does she say about the house?

5. What does Jared suggest when his siblings ask him who can help?

6. What does Jared tell his aunt and what is his hope for the guide?

7. Why does Lucinda say nothing of the house matters and what surprises Jared about Lucy's mother?

8. Who is taking the children to see Lucinda and what does Mallory say about the cookies they are taking?

9. What does Jared check his backpack for and how does he feel after he checks it?

10. What does Lucinda say happened with her when her father left?

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 Lucinda's Secret is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Lucinda's Secret based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Lucinda's Secret is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that Lucinda's Secret is part of a series changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Lucinda's Secret help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Lucinda's Secret? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident in Lucinda's Secret to discuss and compare Jared's response to how you think you would respond.

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