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 does Miss Peregrine say she was unsure of concerning Jacob?

2. Who is Miss Avocet?

3. Why is Miss Peregrine angry with Jacob?

4. What is paradoxical to Jacob about the home?

5. What does Emma say is Jacob's talent?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Miss Peregrine do to help Jacob fit in to the children's home?

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

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

6. 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?

7. Describe Jacob's second monster kill.

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

9. How is it apparent that their may be a budding romance between Jacob and Emma?

10. Who is murdered in Cairnholm and what does Jacob think happened?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Ransom Riggs.

2. What in Riggs's background may have helped him in writing Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Jacob. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Emma. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Miss Peregrine. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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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