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

2. At what place is it said Solomon was recruited by the Circle?

3. For what are the Baxters blamed?

4. What school does Zach attend?

5. What kind of record with the CIA does Townsend have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What takes place the first night Cammie arrives back in school, what does Macey ask Rebecca and what do the girls reveal to Cammie? How does Cammie feel about what the girls say?

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

7. What have the girls found out about Townsend and what is their resolve?

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

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

10. How does Cammie hear what the adults are saying in the kitchen and how do they find out she is listening?

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

Over the course of Only the Good Spy Young, Cammie grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Only the Good Spy Young might be considered a slice of Cammie's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that Only the Good Spy Young is a "bildungsroman" of Cammie Morgan. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Cammie as she changes from a more carefree, innocent girl to a wiser, young woman. What are the significant events that change Cammie?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Cammie's growth throughout Only the Good Spy Young, do you think Only the Good Spy Young could be considered Cammie's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Only the Good Spy Young who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

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).

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