Looking for Alaska Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In the conclusion of “ninety-nine days before," Alaska says, "Sometimes you lose a battle. But" what "always wins the war"?

2. Who is the "seventh wheel" that will accompany Alaska and the others on a "triple date" in “eighty-nine days before”?

3. Who invites Alaska and Miles to have Thanksgiving dinner at his house in “forty-seven days before”?

4. Whose dorm room do Alaska and Miles sneak into in “fifty-one days before”?

5. What is Chip doing to prepare for a date when Miles comes into their dorm room in “one hundred twenty-two days before”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What conversation takes place between Dr. Hyde and Miles in "one hundred eight days before"?

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

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

4. What is Alaska's response when Miles asks her how she got the name "Alaska" in "one hundred days before"?

5. 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?

6. What is the topic announced for the term paper in Miles's World Religions class in "seventy-six days before"?

7. What do Miles and Alaska discuss when Alaska visits Miles's dorm room in "one hundred twenty-eight days before"?

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

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

10. What do Miles, Alaska, Takumi, and Chip do at their hideout in "one hundred ten days before"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the genre of Looking for Alaska and the tone established in “one hundred thirty-six days before." How are “genre” and “tone” defined? Which of the following words would you use to describe the tone of this chapter: formal, informal, intimate, solemn, somber, playful, serious, ironic, or condescending? What factors contribute to this tone?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the French Renaissance writer, doctor, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar Francois Rabelais. When did Rabelais live? Why did he leave the monastery? Why do you think his last words, cited by Miles, are significant in Looking for Alaska?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the motif of pranks in Looking for Alaska. What is the history of pranks at the school? What real-life experiences did John Green draw on to develop this motif? How do the pranks in the novel relate to the overall themes of the story?

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