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

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

3. What embarrasses Radar?

4. What does Lacey ask Q?

5. How is Q starting to feel at school for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Margo and Q do at the SunTrust Building?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Margo do to Lacey?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of Paper Towns, Quentin grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Paper Towns might be considered a slice of Quentin's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that Paper Towns is a "bildungsroman" of Quentin Jacobsen. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Quentin as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Quentin?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Quentin 's growth throughout Paper Towns, do you think Paper Towns could be considered Quentin 's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Paper Towns who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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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