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 do Margo and Q take to Karin?

2. How does Q hope to impress Margo?

3. Who does Q say are his enemies?

4. What does Q think Margo has given him to help him grow?

5. Why did Lacey break up with Craig?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ben Starlling and his relationship to Q.

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

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

4. What does Lacey want when she approaches Q at school?

5. What happens when Q, Radar and Ben approach an abandoned building in their search for Margo?

6. What does the prologue say about miracles?

7. How does Q feel the next morning and who does he tell about his escapades with Margo at Chuck's house?

8. What is the parting scene like between Margo and Q at the end of the night?

9. How does Margo offer to reward Q and what is his response?

10. What does Q do in class concerning the night with Margo and why does he wonder about her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many people were running from their problems, such as jobs they hated, marriages which were bad or escaping from relatives they did not like, by leaving for the gold fields. Many realized very quickly that no matter how far they ran their character flaws were always there. Margo has run from her problems but then finds she must face the central cause of his problems, herself.

1. Running from problems by going somewhere else is called a "geographic cure." Discuss what do you think this means.

2. Do you believe taking the geographic cure is a good idea or a bad idea? Why or why not? Could it be different depending on the circumstance? How did running help Margo? How did it harm her?

3. Discuss two situations that might respond well to a geographic cure and two that wouldn't be helped with on. Does Margo's determination to leave home seem like a geographic cure? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Quentin is no exception. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Quentin demonstrates his intelligence and his morals. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Quentin's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Quentin 's admirable traits makes him do what he does about finding Margo. Have his flaws impacted his life? How do his flaws influence his handling of the Margo mystery?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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