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 flies September to the high tower where Ell is?

2. What circles the Lonely Gaol?

3. What does Dr. Fallow reveal to September about the food she's been eating?

4. How is much of Fairyland kept together?

5. Who is dressed in a smart suit in September's dream?

Short Essay Questions

1. What circles the Lonely Gaol and why?

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

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

4. What does it mean to be ravished?

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

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

7. Who meets Gleam and September inside the castle and what does September say to her?

8. What does the Marquess reveal to September about the link between worlds and what does the Marquess want September to do?

9. How can September help Ell?

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

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

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

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland belongs to the fantasy genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young adult novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a fantasy novel and a historical novel mystery?

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