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. How do Margo's parents describe Margo?

2. Who is Lacey?

3. Why does Q wonder if Margo has gone off on another adventure?

4. What does Q tell his mother he does not want to do when he is in high school?

5. Where does Lacey think Margo went?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Radar and his relationship to Q.

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

3. What does Margo give Q to do with as he likes?

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

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

6. What does Q ask Margo to do after the Sea World adventure and how does he feel?

7. What do the three boys find in Margo's room?

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

9. What does the prologue say about miracles?

10. Describe Ben Starlling and his relationship to Q.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Paper Towns, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Paper Towns. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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