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 Q write while he is in class?

2. Where is one of the places Q and Margo stop?

3. What does Q fantasize about concerning Margo?

4. Who is Becca Arrington?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the prologue say about miracles?

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

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

5. Describe Radar and his relationship to Q.

6. What is Margo's relationship to Q?

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

8. What does Margo do to Lacey?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Paper Towns. Questions that Green most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Green's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Green's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of John Green and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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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