Paper Towns Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Green (author)
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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 Margo want to first do about what they find?

2. What does Margo say is extremely small?

3. Into what does Q say Margo turns herself?

4. What does Q hope Margo chose him to do?

5. In what city was Margo born?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Q's dealing with the end of high school give him insight into Margo?

2. What does Margo say in response to Q asking her why she has been acting like a brat?

3. What does Margo ask Q when they are driving around, and where do they go?

4. Who is Robert Joyner and what do Margo and Q have to do with the man?

5. What do Q's parents say about humans mirroring each other?

6. Who goes to see Ruthie and what does she let them do?

7. What does Margo do to wreck vengeance on Jase?

8. How does Q handle the problems with the school bullies?

9. What do Q and Margo talk about concerning the book Margo had started writing in fourth grade?

10. Describe Ben Starlling and his relationship to Q.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Paper Towns help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Paper Towns? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Paper Towns to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Paper Towns is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

Over the course of Paper Towns, Quentin grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Paper Towns might be considered a slice of Quentin's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that Paper Towns is a "bildungsroman" of Quentin Jacobsen. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Quentin as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Quentin?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Quentin 's growth throughout Paper Towns, do you think Paper Towns could be considered Quentin 's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Paper Towns who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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