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. How does Jacob get to where his grandfather lives?

2. Where does Jacob's grandfather tell Jacob to go?

3. Why do Jacob and Ricky's friendship end?

4. What seems to attract most of Jacob's father's attention?

5. How do Jacob and his father get to the island?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Jacob's father almost drunk when Jacob returns to The Priest's Hole of his era?

5. What news greets Jacob and Emma when they arrive back in 1940?

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

7. What monster can enter loops and who is killed by one, and what does Emma reply when told Abe is killed by a hollowgast?

8. How is it apparent that their may be a budding romance between Jacob and Emma?

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

10. Why does Miss Avocet say she is there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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