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. To what does Henri hope John will become increasingly resistant?

2. What does John pretend when he jogs back to Sam's house with Sam?

3. What option does John give those who are with Mark?

4. What will John have to learn to control?

5. What does John tell Sam?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Henri say to John when John goes outside to find Henri when Sarah is over there?

2. What are the "rules" of engagement between Gardes and the Mogadorians?

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

4. What does John see Henri doing a couple days later after the flame training session?

5. What happens when John goes inside the house where Henri is being held?

6. How do Henri, John and Number Six get out of the school building and where do they go and who attacks them?

7. Why does Henri not think the beings John sees in his vision survived?

8. What do Sam, John and Henri talk about at the Halloween parade and how does Sam shock the other two?

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

10. What does Six explain to John about why and how she is there?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by I Am Number Four. Questions that Lore most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Lore' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Lore' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Lore and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of John and Mark. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of John and Henri. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in I Am Number Four help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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