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									               2009 Summer Reading Assignment
        for English I Pre-A.P., Alamo Heights High School


                           The Count of Monte Cristo
                             by Alexandre Dumas


        This summer, you are presented with the challenge of reading the extraordinary novel,
The Count of Monte Cristo. It might well be the longest work of literature that you have read
thus far, but it also promises to be one of the best!

         You may purchase any published version of the novel, as long as it is the unabridged
text. If you read an abridged (shortened) version, you will miss out on many exciting characters
and plot twists. Border’s Book Store at the Quarry has set aside an ample supply of the novel
for incoming 9th grade Pre-A.P. students at Alamo Heights High School.

      You are expected to do a written assignment in conjunction with your reading. This
assignment will be due on the first day of school – Monday, August 24, 2009.

Assignment:
         You are to create a character and setting log as you read the novel. Every time you
encounter a new character or setting location, write it down in a spiral notebook or in a running
document on your computer. If you compose this log as you read the novel, and do not put it off
until the end of your reading, you will find this assignment quite manageable.

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Characters
        You are required to list every single character who is named in the novel. Don’t miss a
single one! You need not list such characters as “a guard” or “the servant.” You include only
the characters to whom Dumas assigned a specific name. You should categorize the
characters in one of three ways:

    1. Major characters (MAJ) – those who appear throughout the novel in a pivotal role
    2. Minor characters (MIN)– those who have a brief but important involvement in the plot
    3. Incidental characters (IN) – those who are merely mentioned to enhance the plot

       Number and categorize each character. Then write one complete, descriptive sentence
about each character that you list.

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Setting
       Your setting log should be a list of all of the geographical locations described in the
novel. You must include the city, country, and continent of each listed setting. Again, number
your entries and maintain your log during your reading of the novel.
Here are examples of possible ways to approach this assignment:

John Smith                                                                        August 24, 2009
English I Pre-A.P.

                                                 Character Log
                             Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

    1.   Harry Potter – MAJ – Harry is the protagonist of the novel, a young wizard, developing his powers and
         learning his talents throughout the book.
    2.   Dudley Dursley– MIN – Harry’s cousin, Dudley is a muggle (a non-magic person) who is fat, spoiled, and
         mean to Harry.
    3.   Madame Malkin – IN – This woman owns the robe shop on Diagon Alley from which Harry buys his
         school uniform.

                                                    Setting Log
                              Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

    1. London, England, Europe




John Smith                                                                 August 24, 2009
English I Pre-A.P.

                                                 Character Log
                           Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

    #        Character’s name           Category                           Description
    1           Harry Potter              MAJ          Harry is the protagonist of the novel, a young
                                                       wizard, developing his powers and learning his
                                                       talents throughout the book.
    2           Dudley Dursley             MIN         Harry’s cousin, Dudley is a muggle (a non-magic
                                                       person) who is fat, spoiled, and mean to Harry.
    3          Madame Malkin                IN         This woman owns the robe shop on Diagon Alley
                                                       from which Harry buys his school uniform.

                                                  Setting Log
                         Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

    #                   City                             Country                          Continent
    1                  London                            England                           Europe




       I look forward to meeting you in August and hearing how you liked the book!
Enjoy your reading this summer, and be ready for a busy, action-packed freshman year
in English I Pre-A.P.

								
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