I used this assessment during a Historical Fiction literature circle. Because students were reading different books, I wanted an assessment that could be used regardless of what the student was reading. This assessment asks students to complete a timed writing focusing on central topics/themes that are relevant to historical fiction novels. The terms are: kidnap, betrayal, loss of identity, harsh living conditions, working conditions, physical abuse, emotional abuse, isolation, injustice, equality, traitor, deception, family, religion, conflict, rebel/rebellion. Student needed to use ten of the terms in their written composition.