Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 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. What upsets Jacob when he opens what he found?

2. What do Jacob, Emma and Millard do after the cart leaves the village boundary?

3. What does Jacob find that he imagines once belonged to his grandfather?

4. What does Martin Pagett say is the thing Jacob sees in the woods?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jacob tell his father about his day, and what is Jacob's father's response?

2. Where do Ricky and Jacob find Abe and what does Abe tell Jacob?

3. Describe the "help" Jacob gets from Dylan and Worm in finding the site of the former children's home.

4. What does Jacob say about his grandfather and a special school?

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

6. Describe Jacob's conversation with Miss Peregrine.

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

8. Where is Jacob when his grandfather calls him and what does the grandfather want?

9. What does Jacob find inside the old trunk?

10. How does Jacob's father explain Abe's stories?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Who has died a physical death? Were their deaths necessary to the story? Who has died a metaphorical death? In what way was the metaphorical death occurring?

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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