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 do the police sent to work with Jacob?

2. What does Miss Peregrine say about Jacob?

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

4. Who is Abe?

5. What does Jacob discover when he arrives back at The Priest's Hole?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is with Jacob when he comes to from his faint and what do they tell him?

4. Describe Jacob's conversation with Miss Peregrine.

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

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

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

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 Martin Pagett's uncle Oggie.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Jacob. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Emma. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Miss Peregrine. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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