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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 is strange about the man who is on the island?

2. How does Fritz respond to Will's friendly overtures?

3. Why do Will, Henry, and Beanpole want to win at the games?

4. What does being hungry make the boys do?

5. Begin their journey to the games?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of swimmer is Will and how does Beanpole help him?

2. What does Beanpole think might have happened because the barge was gone?

3. What does Beanpole suggest might be a good way to get downriver?

4. How do the boys end up in the river?

5. What do the boys do when they wake up and what does Hans show them?

6. How did the boys sleep that night and how do they wake up?

7. Who elects to stay below deck first and where do they stay?

8. How did Will and his friends learn about White Mountain?

9. What was Will forced to do in his journey to White Mountain?

10. How does Will treat Fritz and how does Fritz respond? How does Will feel about Fritz's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or technology that is not a part of the "real" world. In the case of THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD, much of the setting is familiar to the reader, though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD world that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in Will's world. Define the words as used in in THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

2. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD? Which ones?

Essay Topic 3

Though this novel is probably more action driven rather than character driven, obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Will and Fritz. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities, and social skills.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Fritz and Beanpole.

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Will discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

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