Describe a important symbol in your novel. (If you are not sure what a symbol is in a literary work, think: How can I find that answer? Working at the advanced level means using resources outside of your teacher to figure out the answer.) What does the object symbolize? What role does it play in your novel in terms of theme, conflict, characterization, or tone? Why do you think the author chose this symbol to play such an important role? (Don't forget your textual evidence.)
Find an important passage of flashback in your novel. Why is this flashback important to the novel? What does it reveal about a character, a conflict, and/or a theme in your novel? How does it help foreshadow the present day events of your novel? Be sure to use pieces of the flashback as evidence of your claim.
Describe and summarize the setting of your novel (in just a few sentences please--don't get carried away with the summary...). Explain how and why the setting is so important to the characterization, plot, conflict and/or theme of the novel. Think: What was the author's purpose in creating this setting over another?
Find and copy down two uses of figurative language (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, allusion, idiom) in your novel that reveal something about a main character--don't forget the page numbers! Analyze what these two uses reveal about the character and explain why they are important descriptions to the overall plot, theme, conflict, etc. Think: What was the author's purpose in describing the character in this manner? Does the description seem to foreshadow future plot events? What do more do you understand about the character's motivations as a result of the figurative description?
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How do your reading choices define you (as a reader and as a person)? What part(s) of yourself do you see in the books that you choose (or the one you are currently reading)? How have your choices in reading changed the way you read or the way you see the world? (Although this is more of a metacognitive question, you are still expected to pull evidence from your novel to support your answer.)
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What is the most insightful passage of dialogue expressed by a main character in your novel? Copy the dialogue word for word (punctuate correctly!) and cite the page number. Explain in detail what the passage reveals about the character. Discuss also the importance of the words and how they relate to the plot/conflict/tone of the novel.
Find an instance of irony in your novel (verbal, situational, dramatic). Copy the example word for word and analyze how this irony contributes to the story. For example, does it add to the conflict? How? Does it help develop a character? How? Does it change or shift the tone of the story? How? Think: What was the author's overall purpose in developing this kind of irony in the novel.
Describe two minor conflicts that have occurred in your novel. Analyze how each of these conflicts contributes to the main (larger) conflict of the story. Be sure, also, to analyze how each of these conflicts influence the theme or main moral of the novel. Remember that you must use direct textual evidence from your book to help explain your answer.