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 does Grum ask Harry to do?

2. What is Mab's first task for Harry?

3. What does Harry realize about his Godmother and Mab?

4. Who hates Harry and wishes him to be dead?

5. Whose ex-husband has just died?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened that caused Harry to seclude himself and how is he dealing with it?

2. What does the Gatekeeper say about Queen Mab and the Winter court and what does he say Harry must do? How does the senior council respond to the Gatekeeper's terms?

3. 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?

4. Who is Ebenezer McCoy and what does he tell Harry? Why are they angry at each other. What two council members say they will vote with McCoy?

5. How does Harry go to Ronald Reuel's apartment, who does he encounter and what does he convince that person to do?

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

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

8. What does Wizard LaFortier state to the council, what is his opinion of Harry and what is Harry's argument against LaFortier?

9. What does Harry tell Murphy about his case and how does she respond?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Summer Knight has a number of different themes.

1. Trace and analyze the theme of violence in Summer Knight. Does the amount of violence seem comparable to most fantasy books? Does there seem to be violence that is not necessary?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of murder in Summer Knight. Is murder treated carelessly? Does murder seem to mean more or less than in the real world?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of betrayal in Summer Knight. Was Slate's betrayal of Mab bad as opposed to Elaine's betrayal of Aurora? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Interesting characters contribute a great deal to the success of most novels. Discuss one of the following using specific examples from the text in your discussion:

1. Harry is singly the most important and most visible character of all the characters. Discuss Harry's most prominent character strengths and flaws and how they impact the other characters in the novel.

2. Define the term "character foil" and discuss which characters serve as a "foil" to Harry's character. How do they do so? Why do they do so? How does having a foil to a character help define and make that character more complex? How does it do so in Harry's case?

3. Discuss four secondary characters. What are their flaws and strengths? How do they contribute or detract from Harry's efforts at a normal, quiet life? What is Harry's opinion of each of the four characters? Does he like them? Tolerate them? Admire or despise them? Use specific examples from the text in your discussion.

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