Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Jacob become more curious about as he gets older?

2. How does the trunk end up in the basement?

3. How do Jacob and his father get to the island?

4. According to Jacob's father, what were the monsters to which Abe refers?

5. How is Ricky described?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jacob effect the opening of the locked trunk he finds?

2. How does Emma effect her and Jacob's escape from the village people?

3. What does Horace reveal about a vision he has regarding the wights?

4. Who is with Jacob when he comes to from his faint and what do they tell him?

5. Who are several more of the children Jacob meets?

6. How is it apparent that their may be a budding romance between Jacob and Emma?

7. What do Jacob's parents do after the police artist ploy does not seem to help Jacob?

8. What is Jacob's dilemma?

9. What do the children do when Jacob arrives back at the home the next day?

10. Why does Miss Avocet say she is there?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One of the enduring myths of the human race is that of The Hero's Journey. Jacob leaves his home, embarks on a simultaneous outer and inner journey, and emerges transformed, with a new world view and perspective.

The reason this particular point in Jacob's story is such a good place to comment on its relationship to The Hero's Journey is that his emergence from darkness into light, his "rebirth" is an example of a motif or repeated image that very often, almost inescapably, appears in Hero's Journey narratives.

1. Discuss what you see is the outer journey that Jacob undertakes. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss Jacob's inner journey and how he was changed by it. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss why it might be true that a Hero's Journey always involves moving from darkness into light, in the form especially of self knowledge. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 5 one of the photos is that of a tunnel with a light coming from its mouth. This photo is particularly interesting, in that it has significant metaphoric value with a couple of possible, but related, meanings. On the one hand, a long dark tunnel is often evocative of both the human birth canal and the journey new beings take down it - from darkness into light, from what amounts to preparation into new life. Jacob is, as he moves down the tunnel here, preparing to move into a new life. Also, the "light at the end of the tunnel" is a phrase/image often used to evoke hope, or possibility, both of which Jacob is about to discover as he follows the light here. Finally, there is the evocation of death. There are several reports of individuals who, in the midst of a near-death experience, have described moving through a tunnel towards a warm light. Jacob is doing the same here, beginning the process of leaving his old life behind (i.e. dying to what he once was) and moving into a new life beyond.

1. Do you think everyone who moves into a new phase in life goes from darkness into light? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Why would shedding light on the secrets of Abe's life provide hope to Jacob? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Jacob's moving into a new life was precipitated by the death of someone he loved. Do you think all growth has to have some traumatic event to occur before growth can begin? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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