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. In what city was Margo born?

2. Who is Otis Warren?

3. Whose niece is mentioned in a note Q finds in Margo's room?

4. Why does Q let Margo talk most of the time?

5. What does Margo say would be impossible for Q and Margo?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who questions Q about Margo's disappearance?

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

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

4. What does Margo do to wreck vengeance on Becca?

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

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

7. How do Margo and Q break into Sea World and what do they do there?

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

9. Describe Radar and his relationship to Q.

10. What does Margo say about her boyfriend, Jase, and what is Q's reaction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Margo and Quentin. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Ben and Radar. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Compare/contrast Margo and Quentin's parents. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which ones seem more of a well-rounded character?

4. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Paper Towns help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Paper Towns based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Paper Towns is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Paper Towns a successful novel? What about young teens?

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