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 is Olana Mansdaughter?

2. How does Britta manage to get out of working at the quarry?

3. What does Britta believe about the prince?

4. What do Bena and Liana think of the village boys?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the girls' first day at the academy.

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

3. Why does Olana punish Miri?

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

5. Why did Miri feel isolated from other girls her age and how is being at the academy changing that?

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

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

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

9. What does the King's messenger announce?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Princess Academy". Questions that Hale most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Hale' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Hale' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Hale and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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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