Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Jacob become more curious about as he gets older?

2. How does the trunk end up in the basement?

3. How do Jacob and his father get to the island?

4. According to Jacob's father, what were the monsters to which Abe refers?

5. How is Ricky described?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Horace reveal about a vision he has regarding the wights?

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

5. Who are several more of the children Jacob meets?

6. How is it apparent that their may be a budding romance between Jacob and Emma?

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

8. What is Jacob's dilemma?

9. What do the children do when Jacob arrives back at the home the next day?

10. Why does Miss Avocet say she is there?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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