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. What does Jacob say he will do when his grandfather calls?

2. Who does Jacob recognize at the house?

3. What does Milliard look at as he is planning the escape of Emma, Jacob and himself?

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

5. Where is the truck that Jacob finds?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jacob convince his parents that he should do to help him recover from Abe's death?

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

4. What does Jacob tell his father about his day, and what is Jacob's father's response?

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

6. What does Jacob find inside the old trunk?

7. What does Jacob tell his parents, the police and Ricky and what is their response?

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

9. Describe Jacob's conversation with Miss Peregrine.

10. What is different about the island when Jacob emerges from the tunnel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Riggs chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Riggs chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Riggs's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Riggs use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is? Explain your response.

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