The Girl of Fire and Thorns

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Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic,are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’ssavior, and he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

Curriculet Details
109 Questions
112 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for middle school students contains interactive videos exploring irony and symbolism, as well as annotations describing imagery, foreshadowing, and point of view. Students will explore the themes of self discovery and faith. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Homework #6

As you read, pay close attention to the names of people, places, and things. These elements will help you figure out the setting of the story (time and place). 
The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a young adult fantasy story and the first novel in the Fire and Thorns trilogy. Rae Carson says she likes to write books about teenagers doing brave things.  (This annotation contains an image)
Corsets have been used for hundreds of years to change the appearance and shape of a person's body (see a picture below of a corset, or lace-up, wedding gown). (This annotation contains an image)
It is clear how much the two servants (Anaexi and Ximena) love Elisa. How do their words and action reveal how much they care about Elisa? 
Alodia is the opposite of Elisa for all of the following reasons EXCEPT: 
Watch the video below and look for examples of situational irony as you read.  (This annotation contains a video)
Make a text-to-text or text-to-world connection. Can you think of any other famous sibling rivalries? Describe this relationship in comparison to the sisters in the novel. 
A basilica is a special kind of church. One of the most famous basilicas is St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the video below. Look at the picture on the front cover. What is the Godstone a symbol of? What role might it play in the text? (This annotation contains a video)
References to Elisa's sweaty palms highlight 
An anchovy is a very small fish. Anchovies are what give caesar salad dressing its unique taste.  (This annotation contains an image)
Describe King Alejandro de Vega.  Give at least two details from the text in your answer. 

Homework #7

Watch the video below. Look closely at the imagery here (the highlighted text). It's almost like Elisa is purposely noticing everything about the room, except her husband. (This annotation contains a video)
Instead of consummating the marriage, what does the king suggest they do? 
Watch the video below. What conflicts do you see emerging? (This annotation contains a video)
What is the main source of conflict between Alodia and Elisa? 

Homework #8

Watch the video below. Could this be an example of foreshadowing? What do you think will happen as the procession travels into the jungle? (This annotation contains a video)
Elisa follows part of Alodia's advice and acts as a confident queen by demanding the guard address her by her title. 
Elisa helps Aneaxi when she could run away to ensure her own safety. Her character can best be described as ______________. 
What act does Elisa commit? 
Ximena seems to know more about Elisa's Godstone than Elisa does. What power might it possess? 

Homework #9

Watch the video below. The highlighted text is an example of a simile (comparing the flames in the jungle darkness to stars in the night sky). As you continue to read, see if you can identify other examples of similes and metaphors in the text. (This annotation contains a video)
During the journey, Elisa sees all of the following environments EXCEPT: 
A foil is a character who contrasts with another character in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character. Describe two ways in which Ximena and Aneaxi are opposites. 
Alejandro infers that the Perditos have allied with Invierne because of the weapons used during the attack. 
What secret does Alejandro reveal to Elisa? 
What is Aneaxi's cause of death? 

Homework #10

The picture below shows the desert as "land that rolled like waves," as in the highlighted text. (This annotation contains an image)
How is Joya d'Arena is different than what Elisa expected? Give two examples from the text in your response. 
What word in the highlighted passage supports the author's description of Alejandro's massive castle? 
Why is this text italicized? 
This use of a simile means 
Why do you think Cosme brings petite clothes for Elisa (a full figured young woman)? 
Elisa suspects all of the following EXCEPT: 
Watch the video below. How has Elisa changed in these first few chapters? (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #11

Carrier, or messenger, pigeons are used to deliver secret notes. Watch this short clip from World War II. (This annotation contains a video)
The Godstone's reactions appeal mostly to which of Elisa's senses? 
Elisa writes Alodia her letter in a different language (almost like how spies speak in code). 
A page is a young servant. 
Upon seeing a portrait of Alejandro's first wife, Elisa's reaction can best be described as  
This is another example of situational irony. Elisa describes the irony quite well.  
When Elisa returns, her room is full of new items. This means that 

Homework #12

It is clear that Alejandro is not the only one who can keep a secret. The idiom "playing one's cards close to the chest" means to be secretive and cautious. It seems appropriate for both Alejandro and Hector. 
What does Alejandro ask Elisa to do while he's away? 
What do you think Lord Hector and King Alejandro mean when they say, "There's steel in you"? Include text-based details in your answer. 
Pay close attention to the idea of "the fire of kindness." So far in the novel has Elisa proven this phrase to be true? 
Watch the video below. Elisa's point of view allows the reader to know her feelings, reactions, thoughts, etc. even when there's no dialogue. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the effect of Alodia's response to Elisa? 

Homework #13

What do the thorns symbolize? 
Elisa uses the tall woman 
In America, what is the equivalent of Alejandro's council? 
Elisa is choosing to betray Ximena so she can learn more information about the Godstone and why she was chosen. 
Follow the link below to visit the website of Trinity College in Dublin for a historical connection to learn about the role of monks in the Middle Ages. (This annotation contains a link)
Write a brief summary of the information Father Nicandro tells Elisa. 

Homework #14

Father Nicandro agrees to help Elisa because he is devoted to God and vows to protect the Godstone bearer. 
Many authors include prophecies (predictions of events to come) in their stories. Some famous series with prophecies include Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. (This annotation contains a video)
Why was Elisa kept ignorant about the Godstone? 
What evidence earlier in the text suggests Ximena's true job? 
What important gift does Father Nicandro give Elisa? 

Homework #15

Elisa can tell something is different by the kitchen master's actions (e.g., rushing around to prepare special dishes). 
Describe one way in which the Prince is like his father and one way in which he most likely takes after his late mother. 
A dais is a raised platform where royalty would sit, eat, etc. to be higher than their subjects. (This annotation contains an image)
There are many different sayings to express the idea of childhood innocence. A more modern example is the phrase "kids says the darndest things." This actually became the title for a famous television show. Watch the video clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
What is Elisa's most common reaction when something upsets her? 

Homework #16

What is Elisa's role in the Quorum of Five? 
The imagery shifts from vivid description to symbolism of the room and the decisions made in it. 
The strategy Elisa suggests is a very common technique in history and literature. In Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the people of Rohan seek refuge in Helm's Deep (a fort built into a mountain). Watch the clip below to see how the soldiers fortify the fort and how the battle begins with their enemy. (This annotation contains a video)
What decision do you think Arina expected the Quorum to make? Why do you think she thought she would get her way? 
Elisa is sympathetic to the fact that Alejandro does not spend much time with his son, Rosario. She has experienced the same neglect in her short time in the kingdom. 
How does Elisa persuade Rosario to visit the city with her? 

Homework #17

Watch the video on tone and mood below. What is the prevailing mood in the city of Brisadulce? (This annotation contains a video)
Rosario makes Elisa promise because she just told him she always keeps her promises. It is clear that Rosario approves of Elisa's discipline and wants to spend more time with her. 
What description best characterizes Elisa and Lord Hector's developing relationship? 
What secret does Cosme discover? 
Explain one likely reason for Alejandro to visit Elisa tonight. 
This is yet another secret that was kept from Elisa. A stranger sacrificed her life for Elisa and Aneaxi was willing to do the same. 
Quiz for Part 1 
Make a prediction: who kidnapped Elisa and where are they going? 

Homework #19

Since the author uses a first person narrator, the reader discovers information about the kidnapping as Elisa does. This is one of the limits to first person point of view. 
What is Elisa's initial reaction to her captor? 
Watch this video about the world's largest desert, the Sahara Desert. (This annotation contains a video)
In what ways are Cosme and Humberto similar? How are they different? Use specific details from the text in your answer. 
Below is a picture of a travois. (This annotation contains an image)
What motivates Elisa to keep going in the desert? 

Homework #20

Earlier in the novel, there were five ______________. 
Visit the website below to watch a clip from BBC about sandstorms. (This annotation contains a link)
After the sandstorm, why is Elisa disappointed? 
"Contrary to popular belief, the camel’s humps are not full of water. Instead, these odd protrusions are mounds of fat — allowing the gangly beast to travel days through the desert without stopping for a bite to eat. A camel can carry up to 80 pounds of fat on its back. When a camel consumes the emergency food supply, the hump will shrink and fall to one side. Refueling and a good night’s sleep will return the hump to its upright position" ( 

Homework #21

Why is it hard for Elisa to believe that Father Alentin is a priest? 
Remember that Elisa is a princess who is used to being waited on by servants. She does not know how to do many things (especially chores) on her own. 
Explain why Elisa's body has changed. Use two appropriate details from the text. 
Elisa discovers that she may have which of the following powers? 
The descriptions in this chapter are a stark contrast to the recent descriptions of places like the city of Brisadulce. The suffering of these people connects back to the violence from the beginning of the book when Alejandro's caravan is attacked in the jungle. 

Homework #22

Elisa distinguishes herself from Alejandro by 
Watch the video below. What themes do you see emerging?  (This annotation contains a video)
Describe the Invierne's plan of attack. 
Many important relationships continue to be revealed in the novel. 
What arrangement did Conde Trevino make with Invierne? 

Homework #23

How would you describe the relationship between Humberto and Elisa? 
Why is Elisa most likely curious about the duerma leaf? 
During the ceremony, what does Elisa ask for? 
Humberto has taken on this role to protect the bearer of the Godstone. 
Summarize Elisa's plan in 2-3 sentences. 
Elisa tells her secret to the people to gain their trust and respect. Do you think her plan will work? 

Homework #24

What is revealed about Father Alentin's character through his treatment of each person he interviews? 
Elisa wants to study her enemy so she can know more about their strengths and weaknesses. 
What is the most likely reason for Cosme to include Elisa in the group of five? 
The author includes the word "stealth" to highlight the sneaky nature of this spy mission. 
What happened two days ago that would make Humberto not want to speak to Elisa? 
The Godstone forewarns Elisa about which of the following? 
Watch the video below. How does the author use flashback in this novel? (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #25

The author includes all of the following words to show Elisa's treacherous journey EXCEPT: 
These are words from Homer's Afflatus. 
How is Elisa able to get warm? 
It's interesting that Elisa dreams of being back in the hill country, not Brisadulce or Orovalle. What does this mean? 
How is Elisa different than the rest of the scouting party? Give two specific text-based details in your answer. 

Homework #26

Elisa's decision to stay back can best be described as 
Elisa is able to understand the Invierno because they speak the same language (the Lengua Classica). 
Why does Elisa leave her hiding spot? 
Elisa traveled with four other companions. She is captured and the Invierno know of three others. What happened to the fifth person? Who is this person? 

Homework #27

Why does the Cat laugh at this comment? 
Think back to the knowledge Elisa learned from Cosme about the powers of the duerma leaf. 
Elisa makes up a story about Conde Trevino sending her to spy on the Invierne. What would you do if you were in Elisa's position? 
What is the source of the animagus' magic? 
How does Elisa escape from the Cat? 
Elisa decides to escape the camp by disguising herself as the animagus. Keep reading to discover the next part of her plan. 

Homework #28

Elisa realizes that Belen ___________ them. 
Elisa's decoy works perfectly. The Invierno all rush to stop the fire and she is able to get away. 
Reread this passage. How has Elisa changed since the beginning of the novel? Give two examples in your response. 
Elisa fights her exhaustion and fear by thinking about how Humberto would survive. Take this short quiz to see how you would survive in the desert. (This annotation contains a link)
Elisa has gained a lot of confidence from her travels and experiences. She is not the same princess from the beginning of the book. 
Elisa decides to use her Godstone like a  

Homework #29

Elisa has injuries because of all of the following EXCEPT: 
Humberto keeps giving Elisa duerma leaf so she isn't in too much pain while she heals. 
How does Elisa prove to Cosme that she defeated the Cat? 
In this passage, Father Alentin tells Elisa how the people are following her advice ("We sting, and then live to sting again"). 
Why is it hard for Father Alentin to believe the animagus had a Godstone? 
Quiz Part 2 
Why might Conde Trevino wish to make an alliance with the Malficio? 

Homework #30

Adobe is a Spanish word for mud brick. See the picture below of adobe houses in New Mexico. (This annotation contains an image)
Take note of Cosme's words and body language. Why is she acting like this? 
Why does Elisa believe the supply train idea will work to break the agreement between Conde Trevino and the Invierne? 
Elisa is realizing that this is one of the hardest parts of being a ruler. You have to make decisions knowing people will most likely die either way. 
Father Alentin is not welcome back at the Monastery-at-Basajuan because 
Belen's injuries most likely came from all of the following EXCEPT: 
Belen confesses to being a traitor, yet he returns to warn Elisa. Should he be trusted? What would you do if you were in Elisa's position? 

Homework #31

Elisa has come to this conclusion about her relationship and her husband while living in the hill country. She once was hopeful that Alejandro could love her and she could love him. She now knows the truth. 
Why won't Humberto kiss Elisa again? 
This is a line from Homer's Afflatus. 
Why do the Invierne want Elisa's Godstone? 
Throughout the novel, there are many instances where Elisa compares herself to her sister as if she is inferior to her. This is an instance where Elisa's character is superior because she knows when to spare a life and forgive. Watch this short clip from The Hobbit about what it means to have true courage. (This annotation contains a video)
What do you predict might have happened? 
Why do the Inviernos burn the village and leave its people for dead? 

Homework #32

As one of the leaders of the Malficio, Elisa feels responsible for the death and destruction. 
After seeing the village, what is the mood of the group? 
Why does Elisa fall? 
As you read, pay close attention to the imagery the author includes about the city. How is it similar or different to other cities described in the novel? 
Jacian's highlighted quote reveals 
These actions speak loudly about Cosme's character. Has your opinion of her changed since the beginning of the novel? 
What important information does Elisa learn from Humberto? 
Why does Elisa smile? 
The group has many things working against them: first, they have no time to prepare. Second, they now have to figure out where the supplies are in the monastery. Lastly, they must escape without being captured. Do you think the mission will be successful? 
What causes the priest's reaction? 
Once again, Elisa is being used as a decoy. 
Why does the author include italicized text in this scene? 
Their mission was successful. Now they must wait to see if it was worth the effort. 

Homework #33

The group looks to Elisa for her royal expertise. 
Why do they want to dress Elisa up as a warrior? 
Do you think it's possible for Elisa and Humberto to ever be together? Why or why not? 
Watch the video below. As the plot builds, so does the tension in the story. (This annotation contains a video)
What do these sounds remind you of? It's almost as if the group is being imprisoned. 
Their plan backfires because the conde is willing to turn over the Malficio to the Invierne. 
What happens to Humberto? 
Why does Elisa try to cut out her Godstone? 

Homework #34

Can you make a text-to-text connection to a character in any novel or movie who is devastated by the loss of a friend or family member? Explain how her/his situation is similar to Elisa's. 
Elisa's explanation is an example of which of the following literary terms? 
Through Elisa's journey, she realizes that many people do horrible things in the "name of God." They use religion as an excuse to wield power. Elisa's intentions are true and so is her faith in God. 
Who saves Elisa? 
Lord Hector advises Elisa instead of killing the conde to keep him under house arrest. 
What does Ximena immediately notice about Elisa? 
This is a contrast between old Elisa and new Elisa. Going forward, it will be interesting to see the tension between the two. She's still a princess and a queen, but she has experienced so many things that have truly changed her. 
So Elisa's plan does work out in the end, but unfortunately Humberto is a casualty. 
The war begins. What do you think will happen in Part III of the novel? 

Homework #36

Elisa leaves many of her companions behind, but she brings Mara and Benito with her to remind her of the hill country. 
How does Elisa mostly feel about leaving her desert companions? 
This carriage trip is different from Elisa's first one because 
Have you ever heard the saying "third time's a charm"? What does it mean? Could this apply to Elisa? 
How is the city of Brisadulce different from Elisa's first visit? Give two specific details in your answer. 
What could this type of garment symbolize? 
Who recognizes Elisa first? 
Where else has Elisa seen this symbol? What could it mean? 

Homework #37

Why is Elisa frantically searching through potted plants? 
How does Condesa Arina feel knowing that Elisa is Alejandro's secret wife? How do you think she takes the news? 
Elisa believes that Arina played a bigger role in her father's plan than Alejandro gives her credit for. Elisa does not trust the condesa. 
Why is Elisa speaking about the Malficio to Alejandro? 
How does King Alejandro feel about war? 
Elisa's love for Humberto has left her confused about how to feel towards Alejandro. 
Elisa finds these questions superficial when people are being killed. 
Amidst the coronation festivities, Elisa feels a darkness looming mostly because 

Homework #38

Elisa's statement again shows how little she cares about these "royal" problems. She knows there are far more important matters happening in the kingdom. 
Why does Elisa ask for Rosario's help? 
"A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries" ( 
This is a common battle strategy: to send ahead an advance party to cut off a city's supplies, so that when the bulk of the army arrives its enemies are weakened. 
Below is a picture of a portcullis. (This annotation contains an image)
What do you think the tiles symbolize? 
What mistake does Father Nicandro believe he's made? 
See picture below of lines of cavalry. (This annotation contains an image)
How does Elisa figure out that the enemies outside the castle are the Perditos? 

Homework #39

Elisa's reaction to the animagis' amulets is similar to Harry Potter's reaction to Voldemort. Watch the video clip below. (This annotation contains a video)
What is happening in this passage? 
Why does Elisa need Father Nicandro's help? 
Elisa's whole perception of Arina has changed since she first met her. She compares her to a dried out corn husk! 
Rosario's facial expressions show that he has found Elisa's Godstones. 
What information does Elisa learn about Conde Trevino's pendant? Give two details form the text in your answer. 

Homework #40

How does Elisa know the wall is breached? 
Ximena is willing to sacrifice herself to save Elisa's life, just like Aneaxi from earlier in the novel. 
How do the animagi know Elisa's location? 
The divine number is five and Elisa's Godstone counts as the fifth. 
All of the following happen because of Elisa's Godstones EXCEPT: 

Homework #41

How is Elisa responsible for Joya d'Arena's victory over the Invierne? 
Alejandro was wounded trying to save Elisa. He sacrificed himself for her. 
These words suggest that 
Elisa keeps her promise to the Malficio by naming Cosme Queen of Basajuan and its desert region. 
Quiz Part 3