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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. How long do the boys think the work will take?
2. What does the boys' guide do when they reach the docks?
3. Who does Will want to go to the games with him?
4. What does the man give Beanpole and Will?
5. How does Beanpole save Will's life?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Henry feel about missing out on the games?
2. What was Will forced to do in his journey to White Mountain?
3. Why do the boys want to win in their sporting event?
4. What does Beanpole suggest might be a good way to get downriver?
5. What does the man say when he answers the boys' question?
6. What does Beanpole think might have happened because the barge was gone?
7. What does Beanpole tell Will about what Ulf said about Will not being at the barge?
8. Where does Will go to look for Ulf and what does he buy there?
9. Why are Will, Henry, and Beanpole working so hard and at what are they working?
10. What does Julius say about the plan for the boys?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Will is no exception. His determination and survival powers might contrast to his immaturity and temper. Discuss the following:
1. Trace and analyze situations when Will demonstrates his determination. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.
2. Trace and analyze Will's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.
3. Discuss how you think Will's admirable traits helped him perform his mission. Have his flaws impacted his mission at all? Do any of those who are with him seem to notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?
Essay Topic 2
THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD is one book in a series of novels involving Will, Beanpole and the other characters. Discuss the following.
1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.
2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.
3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze one major theme of THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD. Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme?" If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?
2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme?" If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?
3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD? Which theme in THE CITY OF GOLD AND LEAD speaks to you the most in your life? Why?
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