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. Who is Ricky?

2. What does Jacob's aunt give him?

3. What form can an ymbryne take?

4. What does Jacob find that he imagines once belonged to his grandfather?

5. What do the police sent to work with Jacob?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the "help" Jacob gets from Dylan and Worm in finding the site of the former children's home.

2. What motivates Jacob to run into the bog near the house?

3. Where is Jacob when his grandfather calls him and what does the grandfather want?

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

5. What does Miss Peregrine say about ymbrynes?

6. How is the last leg of the journey to Cairnholm accomplished, and what do they see in the waters along the way?

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

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

9. What does Jacob say about his grandfather and a special school?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the enduring myths of the human race is that of The Hero's Journey. Jacob leaves his home, embarks on a simultaneous outer and inner journey, and emerges transformed, with a new world view and perspective.

The reason this particular point in Jacob's story is such a good place to comment on its relationship to The Hero's Journey is that his emergence from darkness into light, his "rebirth" is an example of a motif or repeated image that very often, almost inescapably, appears in Hero's Journey narratives.

1. Discuss what you see is the outer journey that Jacob undertakes. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss Jacob's inner journey and how he was changed by it. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss why it might be true that a Hero's Journey always involves moving from darkness into light, in the form especially of self knowledge. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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