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 think about as much as becoming a princess?

2. Who is the only one able to read out loud one day in the classroom?

3. What does Miri want to tell the village?

4. What does Miri believe about Liana and Bena?

5. What does Peder say about quarry work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Miri's reaction to quarry speech?

2. What happens when Miri tries to be a trader?

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. How does Miri discover that Britta cannot hear quarry speech?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Princess Academy".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Princess Academy". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Princess Academy". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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 "Princess Academy", 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 "Princess Academy". (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

In Chapter Fourteen the girls are dealing with their expanded knowledge of the world: they do not want to betray their families in the village, but they now need to satisfy their curiosities about the outside world. Miri knows that the prince may not like her and she has no desire to marry a stranger, but she does want to be academy princess to prove to everyone else and herself that she can be good at something. She has long been disappointed about not being able to work in the mines, convinced she is too small and weak and is a burden to her family and the village.

1. Why do you think learning to read has changed the girls' perspective on the world? Use examples from the text and your own experiences to support your answer.

2. Miri wants to prove to everyone and herself she is good at something. This is called external validation. Discuss what you think is the difference between having to have others think that you are good at something in order to feel good about yourself as opposed to feeling good about yourself no matter what others think. Use examples from the text and your own experiences to support your answer.

3. How do you think feeling that she is small, weak and a burden on her village has affected Miri as a person? Use examples from the text and your own experiences to support your answer.

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