The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree Test | Final 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. About what does Mrs. Jervice remind Rowena?

2. What is Stew Meat about to do at the opening to the Epilogue?

3. Who comes out to the farm?

4. What do Adam and his father do with the excess water?

5. What does Adam think is unfair?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rowena tell Henry and Sam and what is Henry's response?

2. What does one of the townspeople who come to see what is happening at Adam's family's farm say that causes Adam to feel guilty?

3. What does Rowena hear about Adam at a party and what is her thought about it?

4. What does Sam bring back for Henry and what does he say when Rowena tells Sam about what Henry said to her?

5. What does Sam say about Henry's stories?

6. What does Rowena suggest looking for and what does Sam say about that?

7. How does Rowena learn the truth about Henry's actions to her when he would visit Rowena's pa?

8. How are Polly and Rowena described when Adam goes to school the next day?

9. What point of view is used in the Epilogue and who is the narrator?

10. What does Adam promise his mother and what does this promise prompt Adam to do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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