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. Why doesn't Jacob open the trunk right away?

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

3. What is one story Abe tells Jacob?

4. What is Jacob's job in his family's business?

5. For what does Jacob use his cell phone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How do Jacob's parents try to calm Jacob and what does he think of the effort?

5. What do Jacob's parents do after the police artist ploy does not seem to help Jacob?

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

7. Describe Jacob's conversation with Miss Peregrine.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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