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 happens to Jacob's grandfather as he ages?

2. How does Jacob sleep the first night at the Inn?

3. What does Jacob wake to find on his dresser?

4. What is coming out of the hands of a young girl in a photograph Jacob finds?

5. From where had Abe escaped the Nazis?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Jacob and the other two get to the home and how does Emma act towards Jacob?

2. What motivates Jacob to run into the bog near the house?

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

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

5. What does Jacob find inside the old trunk?

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

7. What does Miss Peregrine say about ymbrynes?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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