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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 does September eventually get?

2. What is the Briary?

3. How old is September?

4. What did the witches refuse to give the ruler of Fairyland?

5. Who is imprisoned in the lobster cage?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does September get food when she is back on her raft?

2. What happens as September runs out of the Worsted Wood and how is she when she reaches Mercurio?

3. Why does September think her hair is changing and how do the spriggans contradict her?

4. Why does Betsy allow September to enter but not her companions?

5. What does Nor say she might be able to make for September and what is September's response?

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

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

8. Who arrives to greet the visitors to Autumn and what is special about them?

9. Who wakes September after a quiet night's sleep and what do the two say to each other?

10. Describe the conversation between September and the shark.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland and your own life to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of freedom in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. Who has freedom in Fairyland? Who wants freedom? What types of freedoms are there besides physical freedom?

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