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 Q find ridiculous about Becca?

2. What does Margo buy at Wal-Mart?

3. For how long have Q and Margo known each other?

4. What embarrasses Radar?

5. Who does Q tell about Chuck?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Q and Lacey talk about in the bathroom?

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

4. What does Q do at Holly Meadows?

5. How does Q vacillate about his search for Margo, but what does he do instead of the prom concerning her?

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

7. What does Q resolve to find on Saturday and how do Q and Radar use what they find?

8. Describe Ben Starlling and his relationship to Q.

9. Who visits Q near midnight one night and what does she want?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Paper Towns. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Green chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Green chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Green's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Green use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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 John Green.

2. What in Green's background may have helped him in writing Paper Towns? 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.

(see the answer keys)

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