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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 Simon's mother pretend not to notice about what he brought?

2. What does the letter in the introduction say happens to the relationship between Holly and Tony?

3. What does Simon ask his mother about having to stay in his room?

4. In what do Holly and Tony both have an interest?

5. What color were the doors on the old house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Simon do first in his new bedroom?

2. What does Jared see the first night when he is startled awake?

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

4. 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?

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

6. What kind of books does Jared see in the second floor room?

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mom consoles Jared and asks that he find a constructive way to deal with his anger.

1. What are some better ways for Jared to deal with his anger at Mallory without violence? Use examples from The Field Guide and your own life to support your answer.

2. Often times when someone is very angry they cry. What are some other ways that people express anger and how do you express anger? Is the way you express anger similar to Jared? Use examples from The Field Guide and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think not listening to those people Jared loves causes his anger or is not listening a result of his anger? How might Jared have been helped if he would have listened to his sister? Do you think the fact that their father left might be some of the cause of Jared's anger? Why or why not? Use examples from The Field Guide and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Field Guide is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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 Field Guide, 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?

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