Princess Academy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Shannon Hale
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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 embarrasses Miri?

2. What are the ages of the girls who must attend an academy?

3. Why does Miri wonder about Britta's motives?

4. What does Peder say about the prince and Miri?

5. What does Miri say about Enrik?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Miri get all the girls to leave for spring holiday and how does that change the girls' attitude towards Miri?

2. How does Miri use Diplomacy when they return to the academy and what is Olana's response?

3. What conversation does Miri remember between her and Peder about linder?

4. What does Miri wonder about what Pa thinks about Marda not attending the academy?

5. What does Miri decide to do one day when the other girls go outside?

6. Why does Olana punish Miri?

7. What do the girls do to tell the villagers about their experience in the academy so far and about what does Miri speak to Peder?

8. Why is Miri sent to the closet and what is her experience there like?

9. Describe Miri's conversation with Knut and how does that lead to Miri discovering the price of linder.

10. What does the King's messenger announce?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 Shannnon Hale.

2. What in Hale's background may have helped him in writing "Princess Academy"? 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 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Princess Academy" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

Miri's sense of fairness is very strong during the testing. As a competitor the smartest thing for her to do would be to let the others fend for themselves, but she cannot abandon her friends, especially since she believes they all deserve to go to the ball. At first only she is helping, but eventually all the girls are helping each other using quarry-speech. Miri is not only incredibly fair and selfless, she inspires the same feelings in others--even when Katar struggles on a question Miri helps her, though she must debate with herself for a moment before she does. The twist of the girls voting for their own princess works in Miri's favor, and is a very fair way for Olana to choose the princess---the girl will need to be able to interact well with the public.

1. Do you think it was right for Miri to help the others with their test? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own experiences to support your answer.

2. Discuss what Miri helping Katar says about her as a person. Use examples from the text and your own experiences to support your answer.

3. Do you think Miri helps the others in order to win the title of Academy Princess? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own experiences to support your answer.

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