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. What prank is done to Jared's shoes?

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

3. What does Jared offer the house brownie?

4. Who first introduces herself to the Aunt?

5. What does Jared hope about his aunt?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Lucinda feel about Thimbletack and what does she show the children in connection with him?

3. What happened between Jared and Thimbletack prior to the pranks starting and what did Jared do to hope to appease the brownie?

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

5. What do the children see when they enter their aunt's room?

6. What do Jared and Mallory do in the car and of what does their mother remind them?

7. What happens when the children give their aunt the cookies they brought?

8. What does the asylum look like?

9. What is Jared doing with his clothes and why is he doing it?

10. What does Mallory tell Jared about the Field Guide and what do they do then?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 Lucinda's Secret.

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

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the Graces' world to that of "real" life. What are the advantages to each world? The disadvantages?

2. In which world would you rather live in if you were human? What about if you were an elf? Explain your response.

3. If you had Thimbletack's abilities how would you use them? Use examples from Lucinda's Secret and your own life to illustrate your answer.

4. If you had an elf's abilities how would you use them? Use examples from Lucinda's Secret and your own life to illustrate your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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