Mix up your student's assessment with a Body Bio Project. Instructions use examples from Euripedes "Medea," but this can be applied to any play or novel read in class.
Students dress a major character from the story (chosen by them or assigned by you) based on evidence from the story. They can include clothing, symbols, and various other things from the story to represent the chosen/assigned character.
Always a great day or two in class as the students always enjoy the challenge this presents.