The Song of the Quarkbeast

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Magic has been in a sad state in the Ununited Kingdom for years, but now it’s finally on the rise, and boneheaded King Snodd IV knows it. If he succeeds at his plot, the very future of magic will be at risk! Sensible sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, acting manager of Kazam Mystical Arts Management and its unpredictable crew of sorcerers, has little chance against the king and his cronies—but there’s no way Kazam will let go of the noble powers of magic without a fight. A suspenseful, satirical story of Quarkbeasts, trolls, and wizidrical crackle!

Curriculet Details
50 Questions
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3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 7th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining plot structure, character development and irony. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about pacing and tension. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of theme, motivation, and diction. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Where We Are Right Now

The Song of the Quarkbeast is a young adult fantasy novel by Jasper Fforde. This novel is the second book in the Dragonslayer trilogy, which is set in a version of the modern United Kingdom in which magic is real, although it is becoming weakened.  (This annotation contains an image)
In this sentence, occluding means 
"Elephant in the room" is an idiom for an obvious truth that is being ignored. An idiom is a common saying that's literal meaning is different from its figurative one. Another example of an idiom is "raining cats and dogs." 
Which adjective best describes Lady Mawgon's attitude? 
Humor and irony are major components to the novel. Pay attention to the names of the brothers "Full Price" and "Half Price." Also they are "famous as the most unidentical twins on record." These odd details help establish the humorous tone of the novel.  

In Pursuit of Lost Stuff

This moment reveals that 
Lady Mawgon is difficult to understand at this point. Is she concerned about the risk of finding the ring, or is she using this as a chance to get more money? Pay close attention to her as you read.  
What does Fforde mean when he refers to Tiger as a foundling? Consider what you have learned about Tiger and Jennifer Strange.  
Below is an image of what Jennifer's Volkswagen Beetle probably looks like.  (This annotation contains an image)

Magnaflux Reversal

The highlighted sentence contains an example of a  
This moment is an example of building tension. Watch the video below to learn more about tension in literature.  (This annotation contains a video)

Negative Energy

This paragraph provides 
Jennifer is having an internal conflict: she cannot decide if the business is more important than the danger of the ring.  

Zambini Towers

From this highlighted sentence you can conclude that 
In terms of plot, this is known as the rising action. Tension is building, and the protagonist is facing problems. Both the cursed ring and Conrad Blix's behavior add to the action. Look at the image below to better understand the plot diagram.  (This annotation contains an image)
This detail allows the reader to understand that 
Below is an image of a loganberry.  (This annotation contains an image)

Wizard Moobin

There are key talents and personality traits among the sorcerers. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, just like normal character development in a story.  
A synonym for oscillating is  
Mandrake could reference the mandrake plant, which according to folklore, when the root is dug up, it screams and kills all who hear it.  (This annotation contains an image)
In this paragraph, the wizard world is best described as  

Hacking the Dibble

How is the description of the setting here important to this moment? Use examples from the text to support your answer.  
Vertigo is feeling a loss of balance.  

Turned to Stone

Below is an example of a dolerite statue.  (This annotation contains an image)
This detail reveals that Mawgon feels _______ toward Dibble. 

Quarkbeast and Zenobia

Watch the video below about verbal irony, which the highlighted portion contains an example of with the phrase "no male under twenty-six or wizard ever possessed a driver's license."  (This annotation contains a video)
This paragraph emphasizes the theme of  
The physical details here about Mother Zenobia's hands emphasize her age.  
Jennifer has figured out that some sorcerers change to stone to  
Chapters 1-9 QUiz 

The King’s Useless Brother

The word modest is used ironically because an eight-story palace is not typically seen as modest.  
The paragraph is mocking  
Just like the description of a setting, the description of how a character is dressed reveals traits about the character. Reread the description of Lord Tenbury, paying attention to his physical appearance.  
What does Conrad Blix's arrival indicate about his character? Use textual evidence to support your answer.  
Perkins is showing _____________ toward Blix. 
Watch the video below about tone and mood. What kind of mood is Fforde creating?  (This annotation contains a video)
Battlements is in reference to the 

King Snodd IV

This moment creates another moment of tension and conflict. Silence can be an indication of that tension.  
These details for Jennifer Strange reveal that 
Who is in conflict in this chapter?I. Blitz vs. JenniferII. King Snod vs. JenniferIII. Kazam vs. iMagicIV. Perkins vs. Blitz 
This name is a play on a 17th century novel by Thomas Hardy called Jude the Obscure.  (This annotation contains an image)

Shifting Oaks

The various, intricate details about the characters add a layer of richness and depth to the book. Fforde has provided unique traits/qualities about all the of significant characters. The highlighted detail about Mysterious X is one such example.  
Magic has 
In this context, surge means  
Creeper is a term, mainly used in Britain, to describe a plant growing up along a wall.  (This annotation contains an image)

The King’s Address

What are some of the conflicts that Jennifer is facing now? Use examples from the text to support your answer.  
The theme of individuality is present here. Jennifer Strange goes against what is expected, and this change is a representation of her uniqueness.  

The Perfidy Begins

The highlighted paragraph contains which of the following literary devices: 
Below is an example of what abutments are.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is one of Jennifer's main character traits?  
This is play on words from the Geneva Convention, which was created after the Second World War to decree humane treatment of combatants and civilians during war time.  
Jennifer shows determination as a character. She is not one to give in as is shown in this highlighted paragraph.  
The disappearance of the hotel ties in with the theme of  

Mother Zenobia

Blix is mainly motivated by  
Look closely at the plot diagram again. Now there is more conflict, and, according to this, we will soon reach the climax of the story. (This annotation contains an image)

Boo and the Quarkbeasts

Below is an image of a Florentine mirror.  (This annotation contains an image)
The Once Magnificent Boo and Jennifer could bond over 
This is an example of a juxtaposition. A juxtaposition is when two contrasting things are placed close together. 
Which word is the best synonym for quorumed? 
Boo's opinion here is a metaphor for leadership in our world. Some people lead by greed and others lead believing that they know what is best for everyone.  
Why does the Once Magnificent Boo refuse to perform magic? Use examples from the text to support your answer.  

The North Tower

Hubris means excessive pride.  
The use of sensory details in the highlighted selection is called 
The theme of team work is central here. Jennifer depends on the other characters to help her succeed.  
These details contribute mainly to  

Mach 1.02

Notice that Jennifer uses the word "since" in this sentence. This is an indication of her looking back at the events in this story.  
Owen's carpet becomes tattered mainly because of the 


Watch the video below about pacing. Consider how the author slows down the pacing in this moment.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does the setting contribute to the mood here? Use examples from the text to support your answer.  
What's unique about the trolls? 
Zambini takes on the role of the mentor in the novel. He shares his wisdom and knowledge with Jennifer, but she must use the wisdom given to her to succeed.  
Chapters 11-19 Quiz 

Back at Zambini Towers

This moment is proof of 
Hereford is a cathedral city, civil parish, and county town in Herefordshire, England.  (This annotation contains an image)
Jennifer shows _________ in this conversation. 
There are multiple antagonists in this story. The Mighty Shandar, Blix, and King Snodd are all in opposition against Jennifer and the rest of the Kazam company.  

Before the Contest

The highlighted selection reflects the theme of 
Lilt means inflection or cadence. It is usually used in relation to singing.  
Why do you think the moose only talks to Jennifer when she is alone?  
The names given to the characters sometimes indicate their traits. Look back at Margaret "the Fib" O'Leary and Jimmy Nutjob and see how their names are relevant.  
The highlighted description of Queen Mimosa contains a  
This moment represents both an internal and external conflict for the king. The internal conflict is the king wanting to do what he needs to reach his goal of controlling more of magic. The external conflict is with his wife.  

Bridge Building

A synonym for ornate is  
A daisy chain is an electrical engineering term when multiple devices are wired together in a sequence or ring.  (This annotation contains an image)

The Surge

Close reading provides clues or an indication of plot details. Since the iMagic sorcerers were not affected, this could mean that Blix is somehow involved.  
Both Patrick and Moobin are 

Risk of Confluence

This is reaching the climax of the story. Blix's true intentions are becoming evident now.  
Jennifer describing the "jewelry rattling in a panicked fashion" shows 
Which adjective best describes Jennifer's treatment for the Quarkbeast? 
Though not central to the story, the relationship between Jennifer and Perkins gives the reader a way to relate to the characters. Everyone knows what it's like to want to feel wanted and needed.  

Lunch at Last

Based off of context clues, you can conclude that thermowizidrical deals with 
The employees of Kazam show forgiveness here. They are displaying positive character traits by inviting Samantha in.  
Augmenting means to heighten or improve one's self.  
Jennifer is so aggressive with her questions because 
Why is this the most appropriate punishment for Blix?  
This moment in the novel is a parody from an iconic scene in The Empire Strikes Back. Below is a video of the scene.  (This annotation contains a video)
After watching the video clip from Empire Strikes Back, what is the same about the two scenes? What is different?  

The All Powerful Blix

This moment, along with the revelation that Boo is Blix's wife, is the climax of the story.  
Which of the novel's themes is evident in this revelation? 


This detail is an example of the theme of 
Amnesty means to pardon or reprieve.  

The End of the Story

Chapters 20-28 Quiz