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 attacks everyone?

2. What jolts September awake?

3. Where do September and the others find themselves when they awaken?

4. What does September tell the shark?

5. What does the Marquess do intentionally?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the Casket and who made it?

4. What does it mean to be ravished?

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

6. Who attacks the group and what happens to them?

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

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

9. What dreams do September and Death discuss?

10. Who does September meet when her raft collides with a thick net of water plants and where do they go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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