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 Margo have Q do with a camera?

2. What do Margo and Q take to Karin?

3. Why do Margo and Q have to swim a nasty canal?

4. What does Q stand for?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Q and Ben take off the hinges of Margo's door and what do they find?

2. Why are things chaotic at school and what are a couple incidents that happen as a result?

3. What does the prologue say about miracles?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Margo offer to reward Q and what is his response?

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

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Paper Towns.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Paper Towns. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Paper Towns. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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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