Only the Good Spy Young Test | Final 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. What does Townsend ask Liz?

2. What does Mr. Smith say to Cammie about Solomon?

3. What do the girls do when they arrive back at the dorm?

4. What catches Cammie's attention as she is going to her dorm?

5. How does Rebecca feel about Zach?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Townsend take Cammie and her friends, why does he say they are going there and what does Cammie tell Rebecca?

2. What does Zach tell the Gallagher girls about Blackthorne and who arrives when they are all talking?

3. What does Solomon say to Cammie at the park and what does she say to him?

4. Of what are Macey and Liz trying to convince Cammie about the sub-basement and what has Cammie anxious?

5. Where do Zach and Cammie go after they retrieve the journal and what do they see there?

6. What does Cammie do with the journal at first and what happens when she does it?

7. What does Cammie do when she leaves the shed and what does she realize?

8. What does Cammie do when she realizes the meaning of Joe's message to her?

9. What happens when the girls return upstairs?

10. What does Cammie find that is directed at her personally when she investigates what Joe said to 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

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 3

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.

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