Only the Good Spy Young Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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. How does Rebecca's father receive a warning in Chapter 2?

2. For what does Cammie tell the British operative she is angry?

3. For what is Liz known among her friends?

4. Who formed the Circle?

5. What does Mr. Baxter use the final leg of the journey to teach?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cammie tell the others about Solomon, what do the girls insist is true and what else are the girls worried about?

2. What do the girls find out from Townsend?

3. What does Townsend tell the class about the Circle?

4. What does the narratative in Chapter 15 say about Townsend and what do the girls do about him?

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

6. What does Mr. Baxter do on the final leg of the journey to the Gallagher Academy?

7. What happens when Cammie hears what Townsend has to say?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Only the Good Spy Young. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Carter chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Carter chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Carter's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Carter use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes Only the Good Spy Young interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Cammie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Zach. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Joe Solomon. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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