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 is RHAPAW?

2. What does Q say he and Margo have been doing all night?

3. What does Q say knowing Margo Roth Spiegelman is?

4. Where is one of the places Q and Margo stop?

5. Who is Otis Warren?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Q relieved when they find a raccoon?

4. What does the prologue say about miracles?

5. What significant conversation do Ben and Q have in hour twelve?

6. Where do they find Margo and how does she seem?

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

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

9. What do Margo and Q do to Chuck Parson?

10. Describe Ben Starlling and his relationship to Q.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Paper Towns is? Explain your response.

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

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Paper Towns and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Paper Towns is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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