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 have the bandits ruined?

2. What does Miri worry about after telling the true story of her mother?

3. How does Miri help Gerti?

4. With what does Dan threaten Miri if another incident occurs?

5. What do Bena and Katar do during testing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Miri share concerning her mother and what do Britta, Esa and Frid say to her about her concerns?

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

3. How do Peder and Miri interact at the ball?

4. What do the villagers do and what is the atmosphere among them, and where do the "outsiders" stay in the village?

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

6. How many hostages do the bandits have and how many bandits do the villagers have, and what does Os suggest?

7. What does Britta teach Miri?

8. What are Miri's impression after her dance with the prince?

9. How do Peder and Miri have a falling out?

10. Why does Dan threaten to kill Miri?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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).

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Princess Academy is? Explain your response.

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