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 is Grace worried about encountering Jack?

2. What does Grace believe?

3. What does Grace hear after John and Olivia leave her house?

4. How do Grace and Sam interact when Sam returns to her house?

5. What might Sam have to do for Jack?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Sam go to the Culpepper house and what does he notice there?

3. What does Grace learn when she gets to school, and what does Sam remember about Christa?

4. What does Sam say and not say to Grace about his life as a werewolf?

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

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

7. Where are Sam's parents?

8. What does Grace realize about the wolves in the area, and why does she realize it?

9. What pictures do Sam and Grace browse through and what does Sam say about them?

10. What disturbing thing does Grace learn about her father and how does she confront him about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Shiver" including why you believe it is such a case. 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 "Shiver" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Shiver". Questions that Stiefvater 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 Stiefvater' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Stiefvater' 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 Stiefvater and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Maggie Stiefvater.

2. What in Stiefvater's background may have helped him in writing "Shiver"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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