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. Why is Jacob's father agreeable to go with Jacob?

2. How does Milliard explain their situation?

3. How does Jacob get to where his grandfather lives?

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

5. What is another photograph Abe shows Jacob?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jacob say about how his life has changed?

2. Describe the children's quest to reach the lighthouse island.

3. Why can't Jacob's father or Miss Peregrine help Jacob solve his dilemma?

4. What is Jacob's dilemma?

5. How does Jacob end up finding some letters from Abe to Jacob?

6. What would happen if the children leave the loop in their own time period?

7. What does Jacob first find during the exploration of the abandoned children's home?

8. How does Jacob's father react when Jacob returns and how do they settle their disagreement?

9. How does the emotions between Emma and Jacob intensify?

10. What strangeness does Jacob notice when he wakes the next morning?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Jacob and his father. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Emma and Miss Peregrine. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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