ABOUT THE NOVEL YOU HAVE CHOSEN
Now that you’ve had two weeks to select and begin reading your novel, you are going to use
it in class. Periodically you will receive assignments asking you to make connections
between your book and other works we read in class. For each book you read, make sure to
complete a Literature Analysis. Each student must complete three Literature Analyses each
semester; you may do as many as you can for extra credit.
LITERATURE ANALYSIS QUESTIONS
Please answer the following questions about the book you selected. Make sure to
provide appropriate examples to support your ideas.
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
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?