Summer Reading Assignment

For the summer reading assignment you must complete the following assignment for both novels. If you don't understand this means that you must do this assignment twice. This acts as your study guide for the novel and will help to prepare you for the test that will take place on the third day of class. This assignment is due on the first day of school. It will not be accepted late and it is graded.

Written Assignment: Make sure to check the following to achieve full credit. If any of the following are not included, the assignment grade will be lowered.

  • The assignment must be hand written on lined paper.
  • Heading – name, date, class – goes on the top three lines of the left hand side hugging the pink line.
  • Title of book – goes on the line following the last line of the heading. It must be centered.

Analyze the book and focus on the theme(s). Answer the following questions by numbering them individually and include specific quotes and/or examples from the book. Remember that “theme” refers to the larger significance of the story, the general observations or truths about life experiences that are suggested by the characters, events, or symbolism in the story.

  1. Summarize the novel’s plot in one or two sentences.
  2. What is the point of view of the novel’s narrator? How does this choice by the author affect the story?
  3. What, in your opinion, is/are the novel’s central theme(s)? List them and briefly explain each.
  4. How do the themes apply to the main character(s) of the narrative?
  5. In almost all novels, the protagonist has an epiphany where he/she comes to a greater understanding about who he/she is in the world and how the events in his/her life have affected him/her. This is a specific moment in the novel. Summarize the scene and cite the quote where the character reveals the epiphany.
  6. In most novels, a seemingly insignificant character reveals a great truth to the central character. Describe the character and what he/she has to teach. If you are unable to find such a character, focus on another character who plays a significant role in the protagonist’s story.
  7. Analyze the significance of the title. In the plot, how is the meaning of the title revealed? Explain the scene and how it clarifies the meaning.
  8. How does the novel end and how does this help you better understand the theme(s)?
  9. Consider the main settings of the novel. How does the story’s time and place affect the characters, their stories, and the various themes?
  10. Copy three quotes from the novel that you feel are most meaningful. For each quote, write a well-constructed breakdown and analysis which includes:
    1. The context (what is going on in the story where the quote appears) and the character(s) involved.
    2. What the quote reveals about the novel’s theme(s)
    3. Include the page number where the quote is found.
    4. An examination of the subtext (hidden meaning) of the author’s word selection
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