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. How does the trunk end up in the basement?

2. How is Ricky described?

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

4. What is something Uncle Oggie tell Jacob about the home?

5. What are segments of time and space existing outside the normal lines?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jacob find inside the old trunk?

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

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

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

5. Describe Jacob's conversation with Miss Peregrine.

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

7. How does Emma effect her and Jacob's escape from the village people?

8. What photographs does Abe show Jacob, and what does Jacob come to believe about Abe's stories?

9. What does Jacob say about his grandfather and a special school?

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

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Questions that Riggs most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Riggs' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Riggs' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Riggs and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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).

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