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. Where is Mallory bruised?

2. What does Jared think is possible about the book?

3. How is the children's mother acting as she serves the meal?

4. What does Jared suggest about a poem?

5. What happens when Jared distracts Simon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jared ask their mother about Arthur and what is her reply?

3. What does Jared point out in the kitchen and what happens to his evidence?

4. What does Jared do with the black plastic garbage bag and what does he see inside it?

5. What does Jared ultimately find in the trunk?

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

7. How does Jared's mother feel about him going to the attic?

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

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

10. Why does Jared decide to go downstairs and what does he do in the kitchen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Field Guide.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Field Guide is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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