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. Who is Lacey?

2. Why is Ben happy?

3. Why does Q call Ben when he and Margo leave the first house they break into?

4. What does Lacey ask Q?

5. Who is Q's date to the prom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Q's conversation with Otis Warren.

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

3. Who questions Q about Margo's disappearance?

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

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

6. Describe Radar and his relationship to Q.

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

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

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

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

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 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 2

Paper Towns belongs to the young adult mystery genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young adult mystery genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a young adult mystery and a historical novel?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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