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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. According to the title of Tale 3, Part 1, what is everywhere?
2. What do Adam, Polly and Rowena want Stew Meat to do?
3. What does Adam decide to try?
4. What happens when Polly speaks sharply?
5. What does Adam's mother think when Adam tells her his discovery?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Adam's pa make a raft and what do they do with the raft?
2. What does Sam say about Henry's stories?
3. What will happen eventually if the water does not stop flowing?
4. How is Henry when Rowena returns from the party?
5. What does Stew Meat say happens just as he is closing his store?
6. 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?
7. What does Rowena hear about Adam at a party and what is her thought about it?
8. What does Adam hear about the well on his family's farm and what does he suggest to his pa about the situation?
9. What happens when Adam tries the dowsing stick a few times and what is his mother's response to what he tells her about it?
10. What greets Adam when he wakes the next morning?
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
Characters are an important part of what makes "The Wish Giver" interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Polly. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Rowena. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Adam. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
Essay Topic 3
There are a number of interesting questions raised by "The Wish Giver". Questions that Brittain most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Brittain' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Brittain' probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of Brittain and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.
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