The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In what voice is the Prologue written?

2. What does Polly decide to do to Agatha?

3. About what do Leland and Lenora question Polly?

4. What does Polly spend time doing at recess?

5. How does Polly react to Leland and Lenora's label?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is narrator the best person to be narrating the story?

2. From what is the town's name derived?

3. What happens when Polly starts complaining to her mother the next morning about the burned toast?

4. What do Agatha and Eunice try to do at tea the next day and how does Polly respond?

5. Describe the discussion about Eunice and Agatha.

6. What does Rowena hear in the woods and what does she find?

7. What does Rowena do when she goes upstairs after her mother says no to Henry staying there?

8. What does Polly talk about at tea, and what do Eunice and Agatha talk about?

9. What does Polly resolve to do concerning Agatha and Eunice, and how is her first attempt disastrous?

10. What does Polly worry about the next morning and how is she initially reassured?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "The Wish Giver". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "The Wish Giver". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of impulsive behavior in "The Wish Giver". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The central character in each tale experiences a particularly challenging confrontation with his / her inability to achieve a driving desire, impulsively uses the wishing card s/he purchased from Thaddeus Blinn, and begins to suffer the consequences of that impulse. In this context, structure and theme can be seen to interrelate, the principle of cause and effect (i.e. this action causing that reaction causing this action, and so on and so on) coming into play in order to reinforce the work's central thematic contention that blindly following impulse is dangerous.

1. Chose one of the characters of Polly, Rowena or Adam and discuss, in depths ways in which their desire could have been achieved without a wish card. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think some of the consequences of using the wish card might still have happened if the characters had never met Blinn? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think impulsive behavior always has negative consequences? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Rick and Lon. 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 Lon and Nuke. 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 Wish Giver" 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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