Do you think the story in your novel is an important one to read or teach in schools or society? Explain in detail why or why not.
Whose point of view is missing in your novel? How do you think the story would change or be enriched by that character's perspective? Be sure to explain in detail and with evidence from the text to support your answer.
What is the protagonist's biggest flaw? How does this flaw affect the conflict, theme, mood, and/or tone of the novel?
Briefly summarize a decision made by a main character in which you disagreed. How did this decision affect the conflict or theme of the novel? What, in your opinion, should the character have done differently? How would this have affected the conflict or theme of the novel?
Please read Noah B's response to Sydni S. in Question 3 as a model of how to respond to another's post. It is a good guide for what you are to do.
Copy down a key descriptive passage from your novel. Analyze the tone and mood the author creates through word choice--both the connotation and the denotation of the description. Weave words and phrases from the key passage into your analysis as your evidence--be sure to cite your evidence correctly as well.
What do you feel is the most important word in the book? The most important passage? The most important element (an event, a character, a feeling, a place, a decision)? Why is this so important to the overall theme or conflict of the novel? Be sure to explain with details from the text.
What mood does your current novel give? What words and/or passages did the author use to get the reader to feel this mood? How does this mood contribute to characters, conflicts, or themes of your novel? Be sure to use your textual evidence.
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?
Describe an 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.)