Recently, I had the great idea of allowing students to choose ANY novel off a list of 12 books to use for their independent reading.
I thought this might be a mistake once I realized students didn't all pick the same books that I thought they would.
So I created a test that will level the playing field and not force me to create 12 different tests to assess 12 different novels. It starts with 6 open ended questions about characters and plot elements. It has four multiple choice questions, two charts and quotes for analysis that they should be able to pull, provide page numbers for and explain. (optional depending on ability of students).
This test asks students to be able to explain all plot elements, theme, figurative language, cause/effect relationships, types of conflicts, make connections and even gives them the opportunity to record vocabulary they don't/didn't know.
The last section is optional as it relates to my unit one theme of culture/belonging. If questions 26-30 are not pertinent to your novels, you could easily keep this as a 25 question test.