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Ally Carter
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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 the class doing when Cammie enters Townsend's class?

2. What has happened to the secret passages that the girls know about?

3. What does she tell Cammie about Cammie's difficulties in London?

4. For what is Liz known among her friends?

5. What does Cammie say about the best operatives?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cammie's first day in Covert Operations class start?

2. What does Buckingham tell Cammie and Rebecca about their adventures in London and who sees them right after they talk to him? What does she say to them?

3. How does Townsend look when he arrives at class the second day, what does he decide to do with the class and what changes his mind?

4. What does Abby tell Rebecca and Cammie about Joe Solomon?

5. What is different about the surroundings at dinner, who is missing, who is taking her place and what do the students do before they eat?

6. What does Townsend do when the class starts, why does Cammie get upset and what does she do about it?

7. What is Cammie doing at the beginning of Chapter 1 and who does she unexpectedly see?

8. What makes Cammie feel uneasy and what happens shortly after her feeling that way?

9. What does Cammie tell the British operative and what does he tell her?

10. How do Cammie and the others feel when walking to their dorm and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Only the Good Spy Young, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Only the Good Spy Young. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Cammie and Zach. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Rachel and Zach's mother. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Only the Good Spy Young help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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 Ally Carter.

2. What in Carter's background may have helped him in writing Only the Good Spy Young? 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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