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 find that he imagines once belonged to his grandfather?

2. What does Millard explain to Jacob about the children?

3. Where does Emma shove Jacob while they are in The Priest's Hole?

4. What does Jacob learn about "the home"?

5. Of what do some of The Priest's Hole accuse Jacob?

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 motivates Jacob to run into the bog near the house?

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Jacob's conversation with Martin Pagett's uncle Oggie.

8. Describe Jacob's conversation with Miss Peregrine.

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

10. How do Jacob and the other two get to the home and how does Emma act towards Jacob?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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