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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 does the person in question 43 tell the girls?

2. What does the British operative tell Cammie about Joe?

3. What is Zach looking for in Chapter 1?

4. What happens immediately after Mr. Baxter receives a warning?

5. What is Townsend's initial plan for class on the second day?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the girls see and do when they arrive at their dorm room?

3. What does Rebecca tell their friends after dinner and what has them worried?

4. What happens with the Baxters and Cammie when they leave the British headquarters and how and where does she meet up with her Aunt Abby?

5. What does Cammie think about doing as she is removing her skates and what does she decide?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Only the Good Spy Young. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of freedom in Only the Good Spy Young. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess freedom? Who feels trapped? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of identity in Only the Good Spy Young. Who struggles with knowing who they are? Who seems to be confident in their identity? How is identity conveyed in Only the Good Spy Young?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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 Only the Good Spy Young and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Only the Good Spy Young 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?

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