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 give Q to do with as he likes?

2. Where does Lacey think Margo went?

3. What does Q think Margo has given him to help him grow?

4. What does Q plan in which he has been inspired by his time with Margo?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. About what does Q fantasize concerning Margo as he is going through her room for clues, and what does he decide to do?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Ben Starlling and his relationship to Q.

9. What is Margo's relationship to Q?

10. How does Q feel the next morning and who does he tell about his escapades with Margo at Chuck's house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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