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. Of what is the silent woman made?

2. To whom does Calpurnia whisper a secret?

3. Of what is Mercurio constructed?

4. Who does the leopard say is his brother?

5. What do Ell and Saturday have to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does it mean to be ravished?

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

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

4. What does the Panther agree to do for September?

5. Who is Mr. Map and what does he tell September?

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

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

8. What is the Casket and who made it?

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

10. What circles the Lonely Gaol and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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