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. Who is with Grace when Sam decides to talk to her?

2. Whose gaze does Grace hold as she is being harassed by the wolves?

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

4. What grade is Grace in when Jack Culpepper is killed?

5. What happens to the werewolf?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Grace worry about concerning an encounter with Jack and why does she worry about the possibility?

5. What idea does Grace share with Olivia, and what is Olivia's response?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Shiver" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Shiver"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Shiver" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Over the course of "Shiver", Grace grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Shiver might be considered a slice of Grace's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that Shiver is a "bildungsroman" of Grace Brisbane. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Grace as she changes from a more carefree, innocent girl to a wiser, young woman. What are the significant events that change Grace?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Grace's growth throughout "Shiver", do you think the book could be considered Grace's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Shiver" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Shiver" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Shiver" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Shiver" a successful novel? What about young teens?

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