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. What makes Mallory look like a ghost?

2. With what does Simon have the dressers covered?

3. What was the main problem with Jared's mattress?

4. What was the first line of the poem on the paper about?

5. What happens to Jared's candle when he rushed across the room?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mrs. Grace say about the previous resident of their new home?

2. What does Mallory do to the wall in the kitchen and what does she see?

3. What does Jared think about on his brother and sister's future and his own while he stands in front of his new home?

4. How does Mallory feel when she sees her fencing medal and what does she do?

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

6. How does Jared get back downstairs?

7. What does Mallory tell their mother they are doing and what does Mallory say about Jared?

8. What does Mallory tell Simon and Jared about their Aunt Lucinda?

9. What is the painting Jared sees in the little room on the second floor?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the Graces' 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 were human? What about if you were an boggart? Explain your response.

3. If you had an Thimbletack's abilities how would you use them? Use examples from The Field Guide and your own life to illustrate your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes The Field Guide interesting. Discuss the following "good" characters:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Jared. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Simon. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Mallory. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Lucinda. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Jared decides that he could try to appease the anger of the boggart and in this way at least stop more pranks from happening. Ironically, because Jared has been violent and gotten into fights, he has an insight into the boggart's thinking. This is important, and foreshadows that Jared will be able to defend himself from accusations that he is going mad.

1. Do you think Jared's idea of appeasing the boggart is good? Why or why not? Use examples from The Field Guide and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you agree with the statement that Jared's own anger can enable him to understand the boggart better? Why or why not? Use examples from The Field Guide and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think it is important to Jared to get the boggart under control so he can prove he is not going mad? Use examples from The Field Guide and your own life to support your answer.

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