Shattered Mirror Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
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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 Nissa say about Robert?

2. Why does Kaleo kill Nissa's father?

3. Why was Caryn late to render medical assistance to Sarah?

4. What does Sarah ask Robert?

5. Whom does Christopher bring to SingleEarth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Nissa warns Sarah about whom? Why does Sarah ask Nissa about Kaleo?

2. What does Sarah realize about Robert and what does she ask him?

3. What had happened to Christine?

4. Why does Christopher arrive at SingleEarth?

5. What does Sarah discover when she arrives at Christopher's house, and what is Nissa doing?

6. What happens when Adianna confronts Sarah?

7. What event is Sarah's family celebrating? Why do they celebrate it?

8. Describe Sarah's encounter with Nikolas.

9. What does Kaleo say to Sarah when she becomes aware of his presence in the room?

10. Why is Sarah expelled from her last school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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? Would you consider the ending of Shattered Mirror a happy ending? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Shattered Mirror and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Shattered Mirror 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 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Shattered Mirror. 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 Atwater-Rhodes chooses the symbols she 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 Atwater-Rhodes chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Atwater-Rhodes'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 Atwater-Rhodes 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

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Sarah and Adianna. 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 Christopher and Nikolas. 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 Shattered Mirror 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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