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Summer Reading List 

All students must read "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.  Complete the activity below as you read the book.

Honors students must complete the same activity for both "Pride and Prejudice" and "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding.  Honors students must also be prepared to answer an essay question about both of the books. 

Questions and answers should be typed and double -spaced.

1. Characters: individuals involved in the story   

A. Identify your favorite character or least favorite. Explain how the character develops throughout the novel.

B. Why is the main character believable or unbelievable?

2. Setting: time and place

A. How does the setting play an important part in what happens  to characters in the story?

B. Would you (or would you not) like to live at the time and place in the story? Why or why not?

C. Does the author use vivid language to create imagery?  Cite examples from the novel.

3. Plot: order of events in the story

A. List the ten most important events of the plot in chronological order. Which event is the most memorable in the book and why?

B. Does the action in the story move along in a logical way? Why or why not?

C. What is the central conflict in the story?

4. Theme: central idea or general truth about life

A. Can you name something important that a character learns about himself or herself through the events in the novel?

B. Has the book changed your mind about something or made you see something in a new way? Explain.

5. Quote

A. Choose one quote from the book that you find the most significant and explain.  Cit the quote and page number.

6. Vocabulary Development

A. As you are reading your novel, copy and define ten new words in which you are not familiar.  Keep a dictionary or thesarus with you as you read. 


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