The Field Guide Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Holly Black
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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 did Mrs. Grace tell Mallory to do when she left for the store?

2. What inside the wall make Mallory angry?

3. What kind of relationship do Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi have?

4. Why is Simon concerned about Mallory punching a hole in the wall?

5. What does Mallory decide to use to put a hole in the wall?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Simon and Jared sharing a bedroom?

2. What do the Grace children tell Ms. Black when they meet?

3. What does the front door of the Graces' new home look like?

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

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

6. What does Jared hear in his new home and what does he assume?

7. What do the children think about who might be in the wall and what does Mallory hear in the dumbwaiter?

8. How does Jared get back downstairs?

9. What does Jared see when he gets out of the dumbwaiter?

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Field Guide. 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 Field Guide. 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 Field Guide? Which theme in The Field Guide speaks to you the most in your life? Why?

Essay Topic 2

There are non-human sentient beings in The Field Guide. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the brownie. Who are they? What are their powers? What is their purpose? Are they "good" or "evil"? What do they look like physically? What role do they play in forwarding the plot? Are they believable? Why or why not?

2. Thoroughly discuss the faerie. What are they? What are their powers? What is their purpose? Are they "good" or "evil"? What do they look like physically? What role does he play in forwarding the plot? Is he believable? Why or why not?

3. Thoroughly discuss Thimbletack. What is he? What are his powers? What is his purpose? Is he "good" or "evil"? What does he look like physically? What role does he play in forwarding the plot? Is he believable? Why or why not?

4. Do you think sentient, non-human beings adds to the enjoyment of The Field Guide? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The Field Guide belongs to the fantasy genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to fantasy.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre.

3. Discuss two reasons why it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

4. Discuss what your favorite genre is; give several examples and explain what you enjoy about books in that genre.

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