This is the assignment I use for both a summative and formative assessment on Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air, the spectacular 2016 memoir. I assign the book as summer reading for a creative writing course. Included is:
A) A 15-question multiple choice "quest" (something between a quiz and a test) gauging basic plot comprehension of the memoir.
B) An answer key
C) A 35-minute "cold seminar" class activity, ready to copy, that allows students to emotionally and intellectually process the book. It's split into two activities and asks students to both retrieve specific textual evidence and make larger thematic comments about the book, as well as text-to-self connections. While this seminar is particularly focused on the idea of "defamiliarization" (the process in which good writers take familiar ideas and make them strange and wondrous for a reader, or vice versa), it can easily be adapted for a variety of approaches.