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. Where does Sam work?

2. Does anyone hear Grace screaming?

3. What does Rachel want to do for the Christmas holiday?

4. What does Sam remember seeing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens one day when Grace thinks she hears Jack Culpepper screaming for help?

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

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

5. Where are Sam's parents?

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

7. How does Grace describe wolves attacking her?

8. What happens when Sam is really cold when they arrive back at Grace's house after a walk?

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

10. What does Officer Koenig say about Jack Culpepper in Grace's life skills class?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Shiver". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "Shiver". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of change in this book. Consider the change in Grace's lives and the other characters and the change from human to wolf and back.

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 "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?

Essay Topic 3

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 Shiver, 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 "Shiver". (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?

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