Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Test | Final Test - Hard

Ransom Riggs
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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 is withered and crumbly?

2. According to Enoch, what doesn't Emma believe the children should do?

3. What is paradoxical to Jacob about the home?

4. Who is Victor's sister?

5. Where does Jacob discover a box of letters and photos that pertain to Emma and Abe's relationship?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the townspeople in Jacob's time period upset when Jacob returns that evening?

2. What happens at dinner that causes Jacob sudden panic and how do the children react?

3. What monster can enter loops and who is killed by one, and what does Emma reply when told Abe is killed by a hollowgast?

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

5. What is Emma's reaction when she finds Jacob looking over the letters between her and Abe, and who does the confrontation make Jacob leery of Emma's advances?

6. What does Jacob realize is true about his "peculiarity"?

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

8. Why does Miss Avocet say she is there?

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

10. Why do Jacob and Emma run desperately down the steps of the lighthouse and what do they see when they get outside?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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