Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy is an enjoyable fantasy featuring the adventures of Lyra, a brave and loyal girl. Elementary school and teenaged fans of C. S. Lewis's Narnia books will be especially drawn to this story.
This pack is on the first book of the trilogy, "The Golden Compass," which was published as "Northern Lights" in England. It contains six quizzes, their answer keys, and discussion questions.
The novel is divided into three parts, with several chapters in each. The quizzes are divided into three parts as well; there are two versions of the quiz for part one, two versions of the quiz for part two, and two versions of the quiz for part three. Different quiz versions can be used to preserve the assessment's integrity within one class, across class sections, or when absent students need to take a makeup quiz.
The quizzes for part one contain a few character and term matching questions; the rest of the questions in those quizzes and the questions in the quizzes for parts two and three are all multiple choice, with answer choices A, B, C, and D. Students are asked to recall facts from the novel and to make some inferences.
The discussion questions will work best if students answer them individually, and then meet with partners or groups to discuss them. They would work well as a quiz review or as an activity after the quiz. The discussion questions in part three cover the novel as a whole.
For a thorough sense of my questioning style and formatting, download my free Hunger Games quiz pack.
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