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 say about Enrik?

2. With whom does Miri decide to try out her quarry-speech?

3. What happens to Marda?

4. What does Olana offer as a prize?

5. When will the prince choose his bride?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What more does Miri learn about quarry-speech and Linder from Marda and her pa?

4. What did Pa want to name Miri and why didn't he do so?

5. Who is Britta?

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

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

8. What are the results of the next test and of what does Bena accuse the fourteen-year-olds?

9. What does Miri continue to do each day, and how does that help her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Princess Academy" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Princess Academy"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Princess Academy" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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