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. Who does Cammie want to contact after talking to Zach?
2. What does Cammie think about Edward?
3. What does Rebecca tell her parents about Joe?
4. What is Rebecca's father's name?
5. What does she tell Cammie about Cammie's difficulties in London?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Townsend tell the class about the Circle?
2. How does Cammie hear what the adults are saying in the kitchen and how do they find out she is listening?
3. What do the girls find out from Townsend?
4. What do the girls see and do when they arrive at their dorm room?
5. How do Cammie and the others feel when walking to their dorm and why?
6. 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?
7. What does Townsend do when the class starts, why does Cammie get upset and what does she do about it?
8. What have the girls found out about Townsend and what is their resolve?
9. Where does the van go in which the Baxters have Cammie and what happens immediately after they get there?
10. How does Cammie get away from Zach's mother?
Essay Topic 1
There are a number of interesting questions raised by Only the Good Spy Young. Questions that Carter most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Carter' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Carter' probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of Carter and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.
Essay Topic 2
The action at the end of Chapter 40 builds to the novel's climax of the explosive revelation that Zach is the son of a powerful agent of the Circle. This is why he is never hurt while defending Cammie from the Circle since his mother's affection for him proves valuable for both Zach and Cammie but, on the other hand, also raises a logic question. If she is so apparently determined to save her son's life no matter what, how can she possibly be viewed as a valuable agent by the Circle if she's got such an obvious and therefore exploitable, vulnerability?
1. How do you think the author might be able to explain the problem of Zach's mother being a powerful Circle agent, and yet has a son through whom she might be able to be blackmailed or controlled? Do you think this is a flaw in the plotting? Why or why not? Use examples from Only the Good Spy Young and your own life to support your answer.
There is collision between Cammie's spy side and her teen girl side. While this and the other collisions, in the narrative, between these two sides of Cammie's personality can seem jarring, it may also be that they are intended to be perceived as manifestations of the narrative's thematic interest in identity - specifically, how the same person can have two such apparently contradictory sides to his/her personality at the same time.
2. Discuss the two sides to Cammie's personality and which you think is the strongest. Do you think everyone has more than one strong personality trait? Why or why not? Use examples from Only the Good Spy Young and your own life to support your answer.
It is it's interesting to note that when it comes to reclaiming both journals, those who seek them have to literally descend to the depths to find the truth.
1. Discuss the metaphor of having to go into a basement or deep cave in order to find the "truth." Use examples from Only the Good Spy Young and your own life to support your answer.
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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