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 confesses that they ratted out Marya in “fifty-eight days before”?

2. How old does Alaska say she was when her parents let her choose her own name?

3. What television channel do Miles and his parents watch after his going-away party dissolves in “one hundred thirty-six days before"?

4. What does Chip call his concoction of vodka and milk that he keeps in the dorm room?

5. Chip thinks that the sizable knot on Miles's forehead looks like a topographical map of what country in “eighty-four days before”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Chip reveal to Miles about his girlfriend after their fight in "one hundred twenty-two days before"?

2. What is the value in using a first-person narrative style in Looking for Alaska? Who is the narrator?

3. What does Miles realize about his previous encounter with the Jury in "sixty-seven days before"?

4. What nicknames are established for Chip and Miles in "one hundred twenty-eight days before"? What other information does Chip share with Miles in this chapter?

5. What friend of Chip's does Miles meet in the cafeteria in "one hundred twenty-seven days before"? What does this character discuss with Chip?

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

7. How and why does Miles become injured during the "triple-date" that Alaska has arranged in "eighty-seven days before"?

8. How has the weather changed in "eighty-four days before"? How has this affected Miles's relationships?

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

10. What does Alaska come to inform Miles in his dorm room in "eighty-nine days before"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Define “literary allusion” and identify examples of this device in Looking for Alaska. What authors, poets, and historical figures does John Green cite throughout the story? How do these examples relate to the characters and themes in Looking for Alaska? How has the author incorporated these allusions in the text?

Essay Topic 3

Compare the family lives of Miles, Alaska, and Chip in the narrative. How are they similar? How are they different? What do you think family means to Miles? How has his sense of family shifted since his arrival at Culver Creek? How does this theme relate to the themes of loyalty, philosophy, and religion in the novel?

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