Spinners Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Saskia not want to do what her father wants her to in Chapter 12?

2. What does the young maiden warn the tailor about in Chapter 1?

3. Who does the young maiden's father want her to marry?

4. What does the tailor set out to prove to the young maiden's father in Chapter 1?

5. What does the tailor give to the young maiden in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't the tailor invite Elke inside his house in Chapter 11?

2. What happens when the miller becomes depressed in Chapter 6?

3. What does Saskia learn in Chapter 9?

4. What classic story does "Spinners" borrow elements from?

5. What does Saskia's father do while she is spinning threads in Chapter 12?

6. Why does the tailor want Saskia's spinner in Chapter 11?

7. What does Saskia promise herself at the end of Chapter 12?

8. Why does the tailor approach the local spinner in Chapter 2?

9. How does Saskia's father help out in Chapter 10?

10. What happens when the tailor tries spinning with straw in Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author of the novel, Donna Jo Napoli. What other works has she received recognition for? Is her work usually similarly-themed? Does she always write in the same genre?

Essay Topic 2

What is the genre of the novel? What are elements commonly found in this type of novel? What are some other examples of works of this genre? What similarities do these works share with the novel "Spinners"?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the motif of separation in the novel. Who is the tailor separated from throughout the novel? How does this impact his character? Who is Saskia separated from? How does she feel when her birth secret is revealed? Does she feel a sense of loss to know that she has been separated from her birth father her whole life? Why or why not?

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