Princess Academy Test | 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. What does Miri learn about one block of linder?

2. With whom does Miri discuss Olana's cruelty?

3. For what is Marda too old?

4. Why does the tutor expect Britta to lead the class?

5. Who is Olana Mansdaughter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Bena and Liana think of the village boys and of what do they accuse Miri?

2. How does Miri decide to tell of her experience in the closet and how does that affect Gerti?

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

4. What happens to Marda and how does this lead to Miri learning about why she is not allowed in the mines?

5. What does Miri receive from Peder and what is her reaction?

6. Why does Olana punish Miri?

7. Where does Miri want to go and what does her pa say about it?

8. What is linder and why has Miri not been allowed in the linder mines?

9. What does the King's messenger announce?

10. What startles Miri awake one morning and why is she unsettled?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Princess Academy". 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 courage in "Princess Academy". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of the fulfillment of dreams in "Princess Academy". How did Miri's dreams and hopes change over the course of the book? What about Katar? The Prince? Peder?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Miri and Katar. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Miri and Britta. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Princess Academy" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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