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. How does Mrs. Benthorn react to Polly's arrival at her house?

2. When does it seem Polly croaks?

3. What does Polly spend time doing at recess?

4. About what do Leland and Lenora question Polly?

5. Who are Leland and Lenora?

Short Essay Questions

1. What types of people have sometimes come through Coven Tree and who is one such person the narrator mentions?

2. What does Polly overhear at Stew Meat's store and what does she decide to do?

3. What does Polly realize has happened?

4. What does Polly find and then lose?

5. About what does Polly begin to worry and what does she decide to do?

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

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

8. How does Henry act when he arrives the next day?

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

10. How does Polly impress her teacher?

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 Wish Giver" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "The Wish Giver"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "The Wish Giver" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends 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 Wish Giver" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Wish Giver 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

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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