Looking for Alaska Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Green (author)
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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. Who does Miles cite with the quote "I go to seek a Great Perhaps" in “one hundred thirty-six days before"?

2. Where is Takumi from?

3. What is the name that Alaska has given to her car?

4. What nickname does Chip give to Miles when they meet?

5. Who is the student in Miles's biology class that participated in throwing him in the lake?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Miles go after the hazing incident in "one hundred twenty-seven days before"? What responses is he greeted with?

2. What main characters are introduced when Miles arrives at the boarding school in "one hundred twenty-eight days before"? How are these characters different from Miles?

3. Whose dorm room do Alaska and Miles break into in "fifty-one days before"? Why?

4. What information does Miles learn from Takumi in "sixty-seven days before"?

5. Who helps in tutoring Miles and several other students for an exam in "one hundred one days before"? Is the tutoring effective?

6. Why are Miles and Alaska kicked out their World Religions class in "one hundred ten days before"? Where do they go?

7. How does Miles indicate those who were involved in the hazing incident in "one hundred twenty-six days before"?

8. Where is Miles treated for his injury in "eighty-seven days before"? What information is related to him at this setting?

9. What verdict does the Jury reach in "ninety-eight days before"? What punishments are assigned?

10. What do Miles, Takumi, Alaska, and Chip get in trouble for in "ninety-nine days before"? How do they respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motif of cigarettes and smoking in the novel. Why does Alaska say she smokes? How does Miles progress from being a nonsmoker to being a smoker in the narrative? What symbolism is evoked through this motif?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the social, cultural, economic, and religious aspects of the setting of the novel. Consider how resetting the story in a location like New York City or Los Angeles might change the plot, themes, or characters. What mannerisms and behaviors in the narrative are connected specifically to the setting? How would you compare the characters and themes in this novel with other novels set in the South?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the school dynamics, relationships, and hierarchies established in the first chapters of the novel. Who are the “Weekday Warriors” and why does Chip dislike this group of students? What is Mr. Starnes’s role at the school? Who is “the Jury”?

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