I have been teaching this novel for a few years now, and I seem to be constantly changing and updating my materials! So, here is my newest version of my Lord of the Flies study guide and exam.
The study guide is basically laid out for students by section, and they have to do the heavy lifting. It will help them immensely when it comes time to take the exam. Much of the exam is modeled on the study guide. There are five sections on the study guide: Characters, Symbols, Themes, Conflicts, and Chapter Summaries.
I do collect the study guide, and do not allow students to use it on the test. I tell them that the more work they put into it, the better off they will be on the day of the exam. You may want to collect it for a grade or not, or you may elect to let them use it “open book” style for the exam. It’s up to you.
The exam is six sections. Four are based on the study guide:
Section Five is quote analysis, and Section Six is matching (well-done chapter summaries will help them on this section).
This exam should take students a good amount of time (many about an hour or more). I give it on a block day (2 hours—just in case), and I give them the study guide a week before. I have included a key, of which part is my own completed study guide. I do this in class on a block day to prove that they can accomplish the goal of producing a guide ready to study well ahead of the test.
I find that when I give the students an opportunity to write, instead of make them take multiple choice tests, they are better able to articulate what they really know, and feel confident about the work they’ve put in.
I hope this works well for you.
Teacher in the Rye