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 business(es) does Jacob's family own?

2. What shocks Jacob when he is looking at some papers from the trunk?

3. What is the year on the calendar in the hut where Jacob is taken?

4. What do Jacob's parents the and police not believe?

5. What is an ymbryne?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Jacob get to his grandfather's house, and what does he see along the way?

4. How does Jacob effect the opening of the locked trunk he finds?

5. How does the emotions between Emma and Jacob intensify?

6. Describe a couple of the children who Miss Peregrine introduces to Jacob.

7. What strangeness does Jacob notice when he wakes the next morning?

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

9. How does Jacob's father react when Jacob returns and how do they settle their disagreement?

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

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

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

One of the enduring myths of the human race is that of The Hero's Journey. Jacob leaves his home, embarks on a simultaneous outer and inner journey, and emerges transformed, with a new world view and perspective.

The reason this particular point in Jacob's story is such a good place to comment on its relationship to The Hero's Journey is that his emergence from darkness into light, his "rebirth" is an example of a motif or repeated image that very often, almost inescapably, appears in Hero's Journey narratives.

1. Discuss what you see is the outer journey that Jacob undertakes. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss Jacob's inner journey and how he was changed by it. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss why it might be true that a Hero's Journey always involves moving from darkness into light, in the form especially of self knowledge. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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