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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 the magical item The Marquess wishes to possess?
2. Who is Iago?
3. What does September pick up as she is walking which she thinks may come in useful?
4. What does the Marquess offer September?
5. What must happen to all travelers before going into Pandemonium?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is the customs agent and what does she do?
2. What does Saturday suggest as a mode of rapid transportation?
3. Where does Ell say he will go with her and why will he do so?
4. What does September not do as she is leaving home and what is the explanation given for her not doing so?
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 does Ell tell September about Pandemonium and why doesn't he know much?
8. What is September contemplating when interrupted by the Marquess, and what does the Marquess say about September's journey?
9. Where does the red carpet lead September and Ell and what do they watch?
10. What does September ask the Green Wind and how does the Leopard answer the question?
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
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
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of September and The Marquess. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Ell and Saturday. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.
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