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 Maud Elizabeth Smyth?

2. What is responsible for the weather around Lonely Gaol?

3. What is September's shadow?

4. What does Ell say none of them are compared to September?

5. How is the land of Autumn described?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does September tell Ell and Saturday?

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

4. What does Dr. Fallow tell September about the foods she's been eating, and how does September react?

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

6. What surprises September when she leaves Mr. Map's office?

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

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

9. How can September help Ell?

10. What does Gleam learn of Saturday and Ell?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Catherynne M. Valente.

2. What in Valente's background may have helped her in writing The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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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