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Catherynne M. Valente
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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 is September coached upon as she rides to her destination?

2. What must happen to all travelers before going into Pandemonium?

3. What are the names of two women September encounters?

4. Where does the sign post point?

5. Who takes September from her home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who attacks the group and what happens to them?

2. What must all travelers do, and what does Lye wash into September?

3. Where do September, Saturday, Ell and Gleam awaken and who joins them?

4. What does it mean to be ravished?

5. What does September decide about Saturday; what does Iago decide about Ell and what is Ell's response?

6. How does September leave home and what does she leave behind?

7. What is September contemplating when interrupted by the Marquess, and what does the Marquess say about September's journey?

8. How does September defeat Saturday in a duel?

9. What do Ell and September have to pass through to meet with the Marquess and what happens to Ell?

10. Who is on the shores of the Barleybroom River and what are they waiting to do?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There is the intriguing perspective on September's situation offered by the Green Wind - specifically, his contention that where she is in her life, and in this particular circumstance, is the result more of her own choices than those of others. It's important to note that he attaches no blame or praise, no condemnation or reward to his statement - he is merely presenting a statement of fact, a defining of September's situation in terms of personal responsibility.

1. Do you think every person has arrived at their present moment due to their own personal choices? Why or why not? Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss two choices September made that put her in at least two situations in Fairyland. Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

3. Discuss what you think is meant by personal responsibility including your thoughts as to what age a child should be considered responsible for his/her choices. Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. Questions that Valente most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Valente's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Valente's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Valente and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Catherynne M. Valente.

2. What in Valente's background may have helped her in writing The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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