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. Where has Jacob seen the view he sees from one end of the tunnel?

2. Why do Jacob and Ricky's friendship end?

3. What does Jacob say he will do when his grandfather calls?

4. For what does Jacob use his cell phone?

5. Who is Dr. Golan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Miss Peregrine say about ymbrynes?

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

8. Where do Ricky and Jacob find Abe and what does Abe tell Jacob?

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

10. Why does Jacob run out of The Priest's Hole, and who does he encounter, and what does she do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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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