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

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

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

4. What do Jacob's father and aunt do?

5. What business(es) does Jacob's family own?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Jacob run out of The Priest's Hole, and who does he encounter, and what does she do?

3. What does Miss Peregrine say about ymbrynes?

4. What book do they need to take with them and what is said about the wights and loops?

5. Why does Miss Avocet say she is there?

6. What does Jacob realize is true about his "peculiarity"?

7. How does Jacob make his first monster kill?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 1 contains the moment that divides Jacob's life into the Before and After to which he referred in the Prologue - the death of his grandfather, and Jacob's sighting of the face in the woods. Like most such Before and After moments, it marks the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another - in this case, what amounts to the end of Jacob's childhood and the beginning of his maturation into adulthood. It also marks the beginning of his journey into the truth, both of who his grandfather was and who Jacob actually is.

1. Why do you think it was necessary for Abe to die in order for this story to advance? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss how the death of Jacob's grandfather was an impetus for Jacob to begin maturing. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Jacob becomes almost desperate to learn the truth about his grandfather? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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