The Field Guide Test | Final 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 does Jared's mom ask him to find?

2. What is splashed on the walls?

3. What enrages Helen about what Simon says?

4. What does Jared take outside of the house?

5. What is in the freezer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jared ask Mallory about her hair and what are Mallory's private doubts?

2. What does Ms. Grace think about Mallory's situation?

3. What is Jared talking about to Simon when Simon wants to go to sleep?

4. What does Jared decide to do to calm the boggart and what does he carry into the house? What is his mother's reaction to Jared's load?

5. What does Jared ultimately find in the trunk?

6. What does Simon look at that Jared shows him and what does he wonder?

7. What phrase is Jared thinking about in the poem, and where does he decide to go?

8. What is Jared doing that night that surprises Simon, what is Simon doing and what is Jared thinking about?

9. How does Mrs. Grace feel when she wakes up Jared in the morning and what does she show him?

10. What does Jared think about as to his situation and his aunt Lucinda?

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

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Field Guide based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1, and then judge if The Field Guide is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that The Field Guide is part of a series changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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