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 does Miss Peregrine show Jacob in photo albums?

2. Why does Abe go to a special school when he is young?

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

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

5. What does Martin Pagett say is the thing Jacob sees in the woods?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Miss Peregrine do to help Jacob fit in to the children's home?

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

4. What book do they need to take with them and what is said about the wights and loops?

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

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

7. Describe Jacob's second monster kill.

8. Why is Jacob's father almost drunk when Jacob returns to The Priest's Hole of his era?

9. What monster can enter loops and who is killed by one, and what does Emma reply when told Abe is killed by a hollowgast?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Who has died a physical death? Were their deaths necessary to the story? Who has died a metaphorical death? In what way was the metaphorical death occurring?

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

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.

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