The following editable assessment can be used as a summer reading quiz requiring short answer responses to one of six topical ideas focusing on characterization, setting, plot structure, theme (30 suggested theme ideas provided), symbolism, and ending/resolution. This test checks for reading but also requires students to explain their written responses with connections to overall meaning of the story (described in the student directions as “the idea or overall message the author is attempting to criticize or prove”).
The creative twist to this assessment focuses on the cliché idea of rolling dice, aka "Lucky Literature". Students will not be answering all six of these questions – but only one, depending on the number that is rolled on the single die at the beginning of the class period.
I suggest that questions are distributed to students well in advance of the actual assessment date (perhaps one week) so that they may study/review/cram/prepare whatever ideas they may answer, but the only question that ultimately counts is based on the question number matching the roll of the die.
This idea not only requires students to review the summer reading text more thoroughly as they attempt to master all possible topics, but also allows for multiple class periods to be assessed on different potential questions (no cheating!) while alleviating the amount of grading short responses at the beginning of the school year to check for summer reading completion.
This file includes a teacher lesson explanation/timeline, student assignment sheet (listing all six possible question topics), a separate theme ideas handout for teacher use only to be able to select appropriate themes for any summer reading novel, and a grading rubric listing grade points for all six questions. Dice not included. :)