Shiver Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maggie Stiefvater
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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. Why does Grace feel betrayed by her father's actions?

2. What does Grace choose for her next vehicle?

3. Who comes and interrupts Grace talking to Sam?

4. Who had been shot full of bullets the night Sam is shot?

5. What does Grace realize after Jack Culpepper is killed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sam say about Shelby?

2. What does the nurse ask Grace when she takes Sam to the hospital?

3. What does Olivia show Grace when Grace is at the other girl's house, and how does Grace respond?

4. What does Sam remember about the attack on Grace by the wolves?

5. What does Grace say about a spot in the woods where she and Sam pass through, and how does Sam explain it?

6. Why does Sam go into the woods to a shed?

7. What happens that same night of her father's announcement when Grace is in her bedroom?

8. Where are Sam's parents?

9. What does Grace's father announce when he comes home from work one night?

10. Describe Grace's encounter with Sam when she first caresses him in wolf form.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes "Shiver" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Sam. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Grace. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Olivia. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Isabel. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Shiver" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

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 "Shiver" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Shiver" 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?

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