Princess Academy Test | Final 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. What does Onor stop Dan from doing?

2. What do the traders bring each time they come to the village?

3. Who comes to the academy to ask about the prince's choice?

4. What does the prince say when Miri asks him about his demeanor?

5. Why does Miri want to marry the prince?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Miri get help for the girls?

2. How do the girls and the school prepare for a ball, and how do the girls treat Miri?

3. How does Miri learn about who Britta really is?

4. How does the idea of schooling expand?

5. Why can the academy not continue for the winter?

6. What realization does Miri have about her desire for the future?

7. What does the chief delegate tell the girls and what is Miri's response?

8. What do the bandits want after taking over the school and how do the girls respond?

9. What happens whenever the traders come and what does Miri receive from Pa for her birthday?

10. What is the bandit leader's plans after the storm abates?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "Princess Academy"? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in "Princess Academy" including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Princess Academy" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Princess Academy" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Princess Academy" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Princess Academy". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hale chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Hale chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Hale's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Hale use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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