Shiver Test | Final 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. What did Sam do when he was shot?

2. What does Isabel Culpepper say to Grace in class?

3. What does Shelby say is obvious Sam will do?

4. What does Sam say when Grace tells him about Isabel and the photographs?

5. What does Sam say becoming a wolf does to a person?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Sam suddenly decide to leave the studio and what does he hear as he does so?

2. What does Sam think about in chapter thirty-one from three years earlier?

3. Why does Grace have Sam stay seated on the couch when she hears her parents arriving,and how do her parents respond to Sam?

4. What does Sam do in Mrs. Brisbane's studio?

5. How does Grace respond to Isabel's questions?

6. What does Sam remember about Shelby and what happens when he enters the Brisbane's kitchen?

7. What does Sam say about the science or magic of a person becoming a wolf?

8. What does Grace ask Sam concerning his request to see her mother's studio and what does Sam reply?

9. What does Sam dream about in chapter thirty-three?

10. What does Isabel Culpepper tell Grace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sometimes a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way around. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Shiver" is? Explain your response.

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

Shiver belongs to the fantasy genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fantasy genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a fantasy and a historical novel mystery?

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