Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Test | Final 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 doesn't need something anymore that Miss Peregrine gives Jacob?

2. What is the first thing Jacob notices when he wakes?

3. What does Jacob find when he returns to The Priest's Hole?

4. What is Miss Peregrine's rationale for her anger?

5. Who cannot enter loops?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Jacob's second monster kill.

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

3. Why is Jacob's father almost drunk when Jacob returns to The Priest's Hole of his era?

4. Why does Miss Avocet say she is there?

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

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

7. What news do Hugh and Fiona have for Jacob and Emma when the two return to the beach?

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

9. How does Jacob make his first monster kill?

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

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

1. Why do you think many (most?) 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, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Who has died a physical death? Were their deaths necessary to the story? Who has died a metaphorical death? In what way was the metaphorical death occurring?

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