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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. What does Marina absentmindedly do to the plant beside the computer?

2. What does the cop think is in the chest on the floor?

3. What does Ella begin to mimic?

4. What pulses when Six touches it?

5. What does BK turn into when he gets out of the water?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Six escape the prison and the Mogs?

2. How do John and Six demonstrate their desire to be as harmless as possible?

3. What do Six and John discuss about their predicament and what do they decide to do?

4. Where have John and the others gone and where are they staying?

5. What happened when Marina showed Adelina the third ring on Marina's leg?

6. What catches Six's attention of the things John finds in his chest?

7. How does Marina stun Sister Dora into silence?

8. What does Six tell them about the Mogadorians?

9. How does Ella earn her first punishment from Sister Dora and what happens?

10. How are John and the others training?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John Smith is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible odds, he usually comes out on top, in "The Power of Six" and in the other books in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Potter who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws:

1. Trace and analyze situations when John demonstrates his instinct for handling problems that might be beyond the ability of a 17 year old boy. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze John's character flaws, and explain how they create a more complex and believable character. How do you think John's character flaws make some situations more difficult for him?

3. After analyzing John's strengths and weaknesses, decide if John is the main "hero" of the story. Is there anyone else who might have done a better job?

Essay Topic 3

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or technology that is not a part of the "real" world. In the case of "The Power of Six", much of the setting is familiar to the reader, though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of The Power of Six's world that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in "The Power of Six"'s world. Define the words as used in the world of "The Power of Six" and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

2. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of The Power of Six. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in "The Power of Six"? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from "The Power of Six"? Which ones? How can you learn the meaning of those words?

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