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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 do Ell and September follow to find their destination?

2. What is a Marid?

3. Why were musicians attacked at a concert?

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

5. Who speaks directly to September from the film?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ell tell September about Pandemonium and why doesn't he know much?

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

3. How does September lose her shadow?

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

5. What does September ask the Green Wind and how does the Leopard answer the question?

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

7. Where does Ell say he will go with her and why will he do so?

8. In how many directions does the signpost point; what are September's choices, and what does she decide?

9. Describe the conversation between Lye and September.

10. What has Ell memorized and how does he get the name September chooses for him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, September grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland might be considered a slice of September's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland is a "bildungsroman" of September. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of September as she changes from a surly, self-centered girl to a wiser, more compassionate girl. What are the significant events that change September?

3. After thoroughly analyzing September's growth throughout The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, do you think The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland could be considered September's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels end 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 Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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