Summer Knight Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jim Butcher
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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 surprises Harry about Toot-Toot?

2. Why doesn't Murphy invite Harry into his home?

3. What does Harry convince the man at Reuel's home to do?

4. From whom has Mab purchased Dresden's contract?

5. Where is Winter Lady?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Harry tell Toot-Toot when he arrives, what is his response? How does Harry reassure him?

2. What does Morgan do when he comes to Harry's when Elaine is there?

3. Describe Harry's dream about Susan from Chapter 10.

4. Why are Billy and his friends worried about Harry, what does Harry tell Billy and why does Harry get even angerier at Billy?

5. What does Billy wonder might be related to the current problems with magic in town? How does Harry act in response to Billy's ideas?

6. What does a homeless woman in the park do and how do Billy and Harry respond?

7. Why does Harry eliminate Maeve as Ronald's killer?

8. What does the man in Ronald's apartment smell and what does he and Harry do?

9. What does Maeve say she wants for answering Harry's question and what is Harry's response?

10. For what does Harry tell Billy he's going to use a pizza?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Harry Dresden is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in this book and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which of the following is more admirable: a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Harry who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of a book such as Summer Knight place themselves in the position of someone like Harry, wondering about what their response would be in a similar situation. 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 the Summer Knight help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Summer Knight? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident to discuss and compare Harry's response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

Often titles reveal much about one or more aspects of a novel. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think is the purpose of a title? How closely related to a major theme(s) of a book do you think a title should be? Or should it be?

2. How is the title Summer Knight relevant to the action of the novel? What sort of emotional/psychological response does the title evoke? Why do you think Butcher chose this title? If you were perusing the library for a book to read and saw this title, would it pique your interest? Why or why not. Does it seem to be the best title for the book?

3. If you were the writer of Summer Knight and your editor says the title must be changed, what would you choose? Why?

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