|Plot Summary of The Terror|
|"The Terror is a fast-paced story of the expedition led by Sir John Franklin in 1845 and the fate that may have befallen his crew.
Sir John is confident he will locate the long-sought Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans across the artic. An Esquimaux woman has joined the crew of the HMS Terror when her father or grandfather is killed by crew members. Franklin will not allow the native woman aboard his ship, the HMS Erebus, but Crozier, the captain of the Terror and seond in command to Franklin, agrees to house her on the Terror. The crew is slowly being killed as a huge polar bear type creature stalks the ships and crew when they are beset by ice. They are fozen in place two years due to Franklin's bad decisions, and the beast picks them off one by one. Franklin is killed, their food is toxic and in short supply, the land all around them is solid ice and that ice is slowly crushing the ships. Finally Crozier realizes the remaining crew must leave the ships and strike out across th ice to look for food and rescue. All crew members know the creature is following them as they slowly make their way across the ice pack to King William Land. The men die in a myriad of ways. "
Jan Lamers, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Terror|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 40%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- on the ocean surface
- the monster chased me!
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- natural phenomena
Has special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- is very quick
- super strength
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an average amount
Motive of antagonist
Monster of some sort?
Kind of monster:
- giant monster (Kong, Godzilla, etc.)
- Average intelligence
- North Pole
- food/shelter preoccupation
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies
How many deaths?
- 8 or more
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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