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. How is Jacob's mother described/

2. What is one story Abe tells Jacob?

3. What does Miss Peregrine reveal to Jacob?

4. From where had Abe escaped the Nazis?

5. Who is Abe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Miss Peregrine say about ymbrynes?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Jacob watch out of the window of the house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 5 one of the photos is that of a tunnel with a light coming from its mouth. This photo is particularly interesting, in that it has significant metaphoric value with a couple of possible, but related, meanings. On the one hand, a long dark tunnel is often evocative of both the human birth canal and the journey new beings take down it - from darkness into light, from what amounts to preparation into new life. Jacob is, as he moves down the tunnel here, preparing to move into a new life. Also, the "light at the end of the tunnel" is a phrase/image often used to evoke hope, or possibility, both of which Jacob is about to discover as he follows the light here. Finally, there is the evocation of death. There are several reports of individuals who, in the midst of a near-death experience, have described moving through a tunnel towards a warm light. Jacob is doing the same here, beginning the process of leaving his old life behind (i.e. dying to what he once was) and moving into a new life beyond.

1. Do you think everyone who moves into a new phase in life goes from darkness into light? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Why would shedding light on the secrets of Abe's life provide hope to Jacob? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Jacob's moving into a new life was precipitated by the death of someone he loved. Do you think all growth has to have some traumatic event to occur before growth can begin? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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