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

Ransom Riggs
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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 do Jacob's parents the and police not believe?

2. How does Milliard explain their situation?

3. Why does Abe go to a special school when he is young?

4. What is one story Abe tells Jacob?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is different about the island when Jacob emerges from the tunnel?

2. How is the last leg of the journey to Cairnholm accomplished, and what do they see in the waters along the way?

3. What does Jacob watch out of the window of the house?

4. What does Jacob find inside the old trunk?

5. What does Jacob say about how his elderly grandfather has deteriorated?

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

7. What does Jacob convince his parents that he should do to help him recover from Abe's death?

8. What does Jacob say about how his life has changed?

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

10. What does Jacob first find during the exploration of the abandoned children's home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Questions that Riggs most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Riggs' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Riggs' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Riggs and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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