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 Jacob, Emma, and Millard do after the cart leaves the village boundary?

2. What do Jacob's father and aunt do with Jacob in Chapter 2?

3. For what does Jacob use his cell phone in Chapter 5?

4. Who gives Jacob and his father directions to their inn?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jacob tell his father about his day in Chapter 3, and what is Jacob's father's response?

2. How does Jacob open the locked trunk he finds in Chapter 5?

3. How do Jacob and the other two children get to the Home and how does Emma act towards Jacob on the way?

4. What is different about the island when Jacob emerges from the tunnel in Chapter 5?

5. Why does Jacob run out of the Priest's Hole in Chapter 5? Who does he encounter, and what does she do?

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

7. What does Emma do to ensure Jacob's escape from the village people in Chapter 5?

8. What does Jacob say about how his elderly grandfather has deteriorated in Chapter 1?

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

10. What motivates Jacob to run into the bog near the house in Chapter 5?

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

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many 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, and stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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 elements of 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?

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