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. Who gestures to Polly in the playground?

2. What does Polly accidentally do when she says hello to Agatha at church?

3. What does Thaddeus say he can give anyone for fifty cents?

4. Who are Leland and Lenora?

5. What do Leland and Lenora say they saw Rowena doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. With whom does Polly play near the river and how are her friends described?

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

3. How does Polly react to Leland's shout scaring the frog and what do the twins do?

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

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

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

7. What does Rowena do with her card and what does she notice on her calendar?

8. What does Rowena take Henry for breakfast and how does he like it?

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

10. What does each story chronicle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Bill Brittain.

2. What in Brittain's background may have helped him in writing "The Wish Maker"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Over the course of "The Wish Maker", all three young people grow as a person in both complexity and understanding. "The Wish Giver" might be considered a slice of their larger story of their "coming of age." It might be said that "The Wish Giver" is a "bildungsroman" of the three young wish users. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of one of the three young people as she/he changes from a more carefree, innocent child to a wiser, young person. What are the significant events that change them?

3. After thoroughly analyzing one of the three's growth throughout "The Wish Maker", do you think "The Wish Giver" could be considered their Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "The Wish Giver" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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