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

2. What does Lacey ask Q?

3. What happened when Ben Starling has a kidney infection?

4. Who is Lacey Pemberton?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What significant conversation do Ben and Q have in hour twelve?

4. What are Ben and Radar's theories about Margo and how does Q feel when he hears them?

5. What do Q and Radar talk about after Q calls him from hanging up with Ben?

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

7. What do Q and Margo talk about concerning the book Margo had started writing in fourth grade?

8. What does Margo do to wreck vengeance on Becca?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of John Green.

2. What in Green's background may have helped him in writing Paper Towns? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Paper Towns based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Paper Towns is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Paper Towns a successful novel? What about young teens?

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