Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Test | Lesson Plans 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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Ransom Riggs.

2. What in Riggs's background may have helped him in writing Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

It is interesting to note another similarity between Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and other narratives. In addition to its previously discussed utilization of elements of The Hero's Journey in which the Hero often finds alternative worlds as appealing as Jacob finds the Home there are also echoes of other stories of so-called "special" young people being kept safe and hidden from the world. The "Harry Potter" stories, the "X-Men" narratives, all sorts of other books explore this conceit, that the different or the unusual must be protected from being exploited, attacked, or destroyed by the "outside world," or the "normal."

1. Why do you think allegorical stories of a Hero's Journey often take place in alternative worlds? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think special people or people who are very different from others need protection from exploitation or attack? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Chose two of the peculiar children in this book and explain how they might be exploited in normal "real" society and why you think this would happen. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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