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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. Where are Will, Henry, and Beanpole at the start of the book?

2. How does Will feel about what he did to the man on the island?

3. What did Beanpole and Will use for a hammer when building their raft?

4. What is the name of the captain of the barge?

5. What did the boys find to eat at the river side as they were launching their raft?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the boys figure out by lunch time?

3. Where do the boys end up when they get to shore? What is different about the man there and how does he feel about the boys being there?

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

5. What does Julius say about the plan for the boys?

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

7. Why are the three friends chosen to compete?

8. How do Will and Beanpole get food as they walk and what idea does Beanpole have about getting food? How did that work out for them?

9. Why do the boys want to win in their sporting event?

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

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

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Will's world to that of "real" life. What are the advantages to each world? The disadvantages?

2. In which world would you rather live in if you wanted adventure and danger? Explain your response.

3. Discuss what you believe are the necessary information to have if you are going to create a world that doesn't exist.

4. Create an imaginary world and discuss what you would have the various institutions of the world be like. For example, the government, education, health care, religion, etc.

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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