The Field Guide Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Mrs. Grace come downstairs?

2. What does Simon say to Jared when they are back in their bedroom?

3. Why do the children say they cannot send their book by mail?

4. What did Jared not want to admit to his siblings about the sound he heard?

5. Where did he get the animals in question #36?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jared recall about the events in his life since his parents' divorce and what does his mother suggest to him about their new home?

2. What does Mallory say about their new home, why does Jared think it will be good for Simon and what does he think of the home as far as he is concerned?

3. How does Jared get back downstairs?

4. What is the additional worry about the Graces' new home?

5. What does Jared see when he hears a noise and how does he lose his light?

6. What does the note at the beginning of the book say, and what does the book store clerk give the authors? What is the authors' response?

7. How is Jared feeling when he comes back downstairs, what does Mallory tell him and how does their mother hear them? What does their mother tell the children?

8. What happens as the dumbwaiter approaches the second floor?

9. What does Jared decide to do with the dumbwaiter, how do his siblings help and how does he fit?

10. What does the poem that Jared found contain and what does he hear as he is thinking about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. 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 Field Guide help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Field Guide? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident in The Field Guide to discuss, and compare Jared's response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Jared is no exception. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Jared demonstrates his intelligence and courage. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Jared's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Jared's admirable traits makes him able to help with many of the problems the children face. Have his flaws impacted his life? Do any of his siblings notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

Essay Topic 3

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 Field Guide, 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 Field Guide's world that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in The Field Guide's world. Define the words as used in in The Field Guide's 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 Field Guide. 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 Field Guide? What word(s)?

3. Were there any words you never really understood from The Field Guide? Which ones?

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