The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Test | Final Test - Hard

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. Who is Mr. Map?

2. Why does the Marquess destroy Gleam?

3. Who helps September navigate?

4. What does September tell the shark?

5. What does the Marquess do intentionally?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does September send Gleam and what does September do in the meantime?

2. What does Nor tell September about everyone in the town and how September is like them?

3. What is the Casket and who made it?

4. Who are the Tsukumogami and what do they do to September?

5. What do the Panther and September wonder about the sleeping Marquess, and what starts to happen and why?

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

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

8. What does September tell Ell and Saturday?

9. Where do September and her friends arrive after Calpurnia and Penny have left the group?

10. Describe the conversation between September and the shark.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The appearance of Death in Chapter 12 is a particularly intriguing aspect of the book, in that traditionally, mythologically and spiritually, Death is perceived and/or presented as much more threatening than its portrayal here. The explanation Death offers for this is quite thought provoking, and may well trigger, in the reader, an imagining of how death might look to him/her self and to others. In any case, the concept of Death, as defined here, seems to be related to a more broadly based experience than simply the end of physical life. In many spiritual philosophies and practices, including (for example) tarot cards, death is viewed as a symbolic representation of transformation, of moving from one phase of existence into another. As such, death is often encountered, albeit in a variety of forms, on The Hero's Journey, a narrative that, in a very fundamental way, is all about transformation, about leaving an old world and old ways behind. In short, September's encounter with Death here is not about an actual physical death, but a death of a younger, more naïve, less courageous version of herself.

1. Discuss two events in a person's life that could be considered a type of death that is not physical death. Compare those to one situation in September's life. Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss the transformation which occurs in September as she moves through her journey in Fairyland. Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

3. Why do you think death might be viewed symbolically as a transformation in an individual's life or person? Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Here the most important element to note is how the author makes use of Fairyland's allergy to iron - or, more specifically, how September chooses to make use of that allergy in order to save herself, others, and ultimately Fairyland itself. This, in turn, can be seen as a powerful evocation of one of the narrative's central themes - through the power of choice, she turns an often crippling negative into a positive.

1. Discuss what you see are the symbolic reasons fairies are said to be allergic to iron. Use examples from your life and the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss what is meant by the following: through the power of choice, she turns an often crippling negative into a positive.

3. Discuss one situation in your life in which you or someone you know took a negative situation and turned it into something more positive.

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland is? Explain your response.

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