I Am Number Four Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Pittacus Lore
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does John ask of the person who tackles him?

2. Who is wearing a Superman cape?

3. What does Henri do to get John used to the heat from John's talent?

4. What does John find in his locker the next day?

5. What is Henri's position in regard to John?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does John ask Henri about in the wake of the incident at school when John's hand glows?

2. Describe John's encounter with some of Mark's friends.

3. What do John and Sarah discuss in home economics class?

4. What option does John give the young men and what happens after they men choose?

5. Why does John have difficulty blending in at his new school?

6. Why does Henri increase John's exercise regimen?

7. Why does John run after Sarah and what do they discuss?

8. What does Number Four have to do when the novel opens?

9. Why does Sam run over to John's house and what does John tell Sam?

10. What is wrong with Sam and John's lockers and what is Sam reading?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

He calls Sam and tells him that something is wrong and he needs his help. Sam says he'll be right there. Sam arrives twenty-five minutes later, streaked with sweat. John tells Sam that he thinks Henri has been captured. Sam grins at first, but the look on John's face changes his demeanor quickly. John explains that Henri tracked the writer of one of the articles in "They Walk Among Us" and drove there earlier that day. John is convinced that something bad has happened, but Sam doesn't understand. John tells him that Henri loves the alien and conspiracy theories just like Sam does, and John believes the people he went to see are holding him hostage. It is the only thing that explains his lack of contact all day. John tells Sam he needs to get to Athens. Sam immediately offers his father's truck, still parked in the garage where it has sat since his father's disappearance eight years earlier. Neither has a license but Sam points out that if Henri is really in trouble, it doesn't matter. Five minutes later, John is ready to go.

1. Discuss what you think is the foundation of a friendship between John and Sam based on Sam's response to John's call. Use examples from your life and the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think it is wise of John and Sam to drive to Athens in search of Henri? Why or why not? Use examples from your life and the book to support your answer.

3. Do you think it is morally wrong of John to involve Sam, a human from Earth, into his alien difficulties? Why or why not? Use examples from your life and the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in I Am Number Four. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Lore chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Lore chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Lore's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Lore use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Henri tells John that as he hones this Legacy, he will become increasingly resistant to fire and heat. In the meantime, he will have to learn to control his emotions. This proves to be difficult as he sees Mark James and his friends again on his second day. This time, John will not blend in, or ignore. Instead, he demands the return of his phone by day's end. After this encounter, John's right hand begins to glow again. He pulls on the gloves he brought for this reason, and goes to his first class. Sam Goode sits beside him, and Sarah and Mark sit several seats ahead. At lunch, John sits by himself and Sam joins him. Mark and his gang begin throwing meatballs and the first one hits Sam on the back. John is hit with the second, and has had enough. He approaches Mark, but things don't go quite as planned. They all wind up in the Principal's office. Mark is hardly so much as chastised, especially when he claims that the false accusations are making it hard to concentrate on the upcoming interview with the local newspaper. Mr. Harris immediately takes his side, and John knows that now he and Sam will have to be careful as they are on Mark's radar now.

1. What are some of the suggestions you might make if you were John's friend as to how he might be able to control his emotions? Use examples from your life and the book to support your answer.

2. Why do you think the principal takes Mark's side against John, do you think this is common in schools and what do you think a school board should do to stop this kind of discrimination? Use examples from your life and the book to support your answer.

3. In view of John needing to blend in at school do you think it was wise or unwise for him to confront Mark? Why? Use examples from your life and the book to support your answer.

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