This novel study begins with a background research activity. Students choose from a variety of topics and then make an oral presentation of their findings to the class.
Each chapter has questions to answer to show comprehension, and most chapters have a research question and a writing response question. Chapter questions are provided in two forms: 1) a two-page worksheet with questions for all fourteen chapters and some options for essay topics at the end OR 2) twelve copies of chapter questions on one page that can be cut apart to give to students one chapter at a time. An answer key is provided (four pages).
Because there is one research question in almost every chapter (which you could make optional or mandatory), I provide pictures and website addresses for all of the topics. This is a fourteen-page document with many hyperlinks. Many sites have interesting videos, but I would recommend that you preview these before showing them or sharing the site with them, especially for regular high school classes and for classes with at-risk students. Because of the mature nature of this novel, I recommend it for advanced placement and military classes like ROTC.
There is no test for this novel, but students have seven topics from which to choose for the final essay, and there are a variety of skills: book review, compare and contrast, argumentation, personal reaction, and literary explanation.