Novels and Novellas

Novel- and Novella-Related Resources

Over the years I have helped my students read, analyze, and write about about any number of novels. In the course of doing so, I have developed various materials to help them understand these books and prepare for tests or essays on them.

Featured authors (click to jump down the page):

Anderson, Laurie Halse Bradbury, Ray Carter, Forrest Cisneros, Sandra
Dickens, Charles Fitzgerald, F. Scott Golding, William Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Hesse, Hermann Huxley, Aldous Ishiguro, Kazuo Kafka, Franz
Kerouac, Jack Kingsolver, Barbara Le Guin, Ursula K. Lowry, Lois
Morrison, Toni O’Brien, Tim Orwell, George Steinbeck, John
Taylor, Mildred D. Twain, Mark Waugh, Evelyn
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Speak Study Questions Answers to Speak
Study Questions
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Speak Journal Instructions
and Sample Entry
Bradbury, Ray

Fahrenheit 451 is a quirky but fascinating and prophetic book that I have enjoyed discussing with many of my students. It’s always an exciting moment for me as a teacher when they, after almost always struggling with Bradbury’s style and ideas initially, make a breakthrough in understanding and appreciating the power of the story.

Fahrenheit 451
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Answers to Fahrenheit 451
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Carter, Forrest
The Education of Little Tree
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Answers to The Education of
Little Tree
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Cisneros, Sandra

Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street is a unique coming-of-age story told in the form of a seemingly simple series of vignettes. Despite its brevity, it packs a remarkable dramatic and stylistic punch.

The House on Mango Street
Quote ID Quiz
Answers to The House on
Mango Street
Quote ID Quiz
The House on Mango Street
Practice Passage Analysis
Dickens, Charles
Great Expectations
Essay Prompts
The Two Endings of
Great Expectations
Great Expectations
Quote ID Quiz
Answers to Great Expectations
Quote ID Quiz
Excerpt I from
Great Expectations
Answers to Excerpt I
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Excerpt II from
Great Expectations
Answers to Excerpt II
from Great Expectations
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Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Notes on Dreams in The Great Gatsby
Golding, William
Lord of the Flies
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Flies
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Hawthorne, Nathaniel

The Scarlet Letter is a dense work that has tormented generations of students. The notes below will help you focus on the important aspects and characteristics of the novel. The excerpts, which feature selected key passages with notes and comprehension questions, will help you develop the skills you need to read the rest of the text.

Notes on The Scarlet Letter Excerpt I from
The Scarlet Letter
Answers to Excerpt I
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Excerpt II from
The Scarlet Letter
Answers to Excerpt II
from The Scarlet Letter
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Hesse, Hermann

Siddhartha presents deep and difficult philosophical issues in an incisive, memorable, and enjoyable way through the story of one character’s search for enlightenment. As a former student of philosophy, I have an abiding fondness for this book, which I highly recommend to anyone who is haunted by questions about what is often called “the human condition.”

Siddhartha Study
Questions
Answers to Siddhartha
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Notes on Siddhartha
Huxley, Aldous
Brave New World
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Answers to Brave New
World
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Ishiguro, Kazuo
Never Let Me Go
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Answers to Never Let Me
Go
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Never Let Me Go: Themes,
Issues, Motifs, and Symbols
Kafka, Franz
Notes on The Metamorphosis
Kerouac, Jack
On the Road Practice Passage Analysis: Text, Prompts, and Notes
Kingsolver, Barbara

The Bean Trees is, at least here in Northern California, a widely taught text, in part because it has the virtue of being both accessible to a general audience and rich in material for discussion and reflection. The following materials may be helpful to those reading it:

The Bean Trees
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Trees
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The Bean Trees
Quote ID Quiz
Answers toThe Bean
Trees
Quote ID Quiz
Le Guin, Ursula K.
A Wizard of Earthsea
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Answers to A Wizard of
Earthsea
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Lowry, Lois
The Giver Study Questions Answers to The Giver
Study Questions
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Morrison, Toni
The Bluest Eye: Notes on the Dick and Jane Primer
O’Brien, Tim
The Things They Carried: Practice Passage Analysis
Orwell, George
Animal Farm Study Questions Answers to Animal Farm
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Steinbeck, John
Notes on Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men
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Answers to Of Mice and Men
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Taylor, Mildred D.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My
Cry
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Answers to Roll of Thunder,
Hear My Cry
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Twain, Mark

For anyone reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I recommend an essay by Shelley Fisher Fishkin that deals with a fresh and important interpretation of the depiction of Jim in the novel: In Praise of “Spike Lee’s Huckleberry Finn” by Ralph Wiley. Many critics and readers have focused on the issue of African-American stereotypes in the novel, and Fishkin’s essay discusses Wiley’s insightful take on this issue.

Excerpt I from The Adventures
of Huckleberry Finn
Answers to Excerpt I from The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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Waugh, Evelyn
Notes on The Loved One

* Sorry, this document is not yet availableI am in the process of writing answers for all of my study questions, excerpts, quote ID quizzes, and similar materials, but because of the many other demands on my time, this process is quite slow.

E-mail me if there is a specific one you would like me to put up on the site, and I’ll do my best to finish it quickly.

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