Novel Reaction Paper

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A UNIVERSAL REVISION CHECKLIST
For a Novel Reaction Paper

INTRODUCTION:

  • State fully the title and author (check all words and spelling)
  • When was it published? Where? Why?
  • What other novels by the same author rank with it?
  • Name and spell correctly the chief characters.
  • State what you consider to be its chief themes.

PLOT

  • What conflict drove the story on? 
  • Identify the climax. 
  • Was it the resolution of this conflict? 
  • How do sub-plots relate to the main one? 
  • Do they amplify, detail, enhance it? 
  • Do these sub-plots parallel or foreshadow the main action?

POINT OF VIEW

  • How is the novel presented? Who narrates it?
  • Rate its success.

CHARACTER

  • How well developed are the principals?
  • List adjectives to describe them.
  • What do you recognise as the driving force, the motivation of these principal characters?

SETTING

  • Give historical, geographical, social details.
  • Is the setting an important feature even a player in the action? How/Why?

STYLE

  • Identify and evaluate this novel for its prose, method of narration, ease of reading.

THEMES/ PURPOSE/ CRITIQUE

  • Is it relevant to our lives today? How?
  • List principal scenes and show how they reveal character, or are turning points in the action.

 

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