Each student must complete three Literature Analyses each semester; you may do as many
as you can for extra credit. (each additional L.A. will be worth 50 points, not to exceed 200
LITERATURE ANALYSIS QUESTIONS
Please answer the following questions about the book you selected. Make sure to
provide appropriate examples to support your ideas.
1. What connection do you make with the title of the book and its content
1. Biographical information about the author and how does it pertain to the book
3. Historical information about the period of publication
1. Where/when does the story take place?
2. Does the author use one setting or more? Why?
3. Over how long a period of time is the story told?
4. Could the story have been told in a different setting (such as the old west, a different
planet, 200 years in the future, a tropical island)? How would this change the story?
1. What is the inciting incident?
2. Did the author use foreshadowing or introduce a plot twist that surprised you?
3. Could you imagine the story happening to someone you know? Was it realistic?
1. Describe the main characters and explain whether the author uses direct or indirect
2. Are these people you would like to know? Why or why not?
3. Are the characters realistic? Do they resemble people in real life? How? Why do
you think the author wrote them in this particular way?
1. Describe the author’s syntax and diction.
2. Does the author use lengthy descriptions of settings and characters, or does s/he
focus on action?
3. What is the tone of the book? Did it make you feel happy, curious, sad or another
4. Is there a lot of dialogue? Do the characters have to talk for you to know what they
5. Was there irony? Symbolism?
1. Does the book have a central message? Do you think there is a universal theme or
moral of the story? What is it?
2. Why do you think the author wrote the book? What was his/her purpose?
Memorable Quotes and their significance: