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. Where does September maneuver Saturday?

2. What does September dream?

3. Who is kidnapped?

4. What does the Green Wind urge September to refrain from doing?

5. Who does the leopard say is his brother?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What circles the Lonely Gaol and why?

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

4. Where do the Marquess and September ride and what does the Marquess show September?

5. What does Gleam learn of Saturday and Ell?

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

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

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

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

10. How does September get food when she is back on her raft?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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