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

2. What does Margo do to a Lexus?

3. For how long has Margo been gone when Q gets home to find some adults waiting for him?

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

5. What rumor prevents Ben from getting dates?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Margo's relationship to Q?

2. Describe Ben Starlling and his relationship to Q.

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

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

5. What does the prologue say about miracles?

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

7. Who visits Q near midnight one night and what does she want?

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

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

10. Who goes to see Ruthie and what does she let them do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in Paper Towns? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in Paper Towns including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from Paper Towns and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Margo and Quentin. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Ben and Radar. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Compare/contrast Margo and Quentin's parents. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which ones seem more of a well-rounded character?

4. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Paper Towns help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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