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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 Chuck say he admires Q doing?
2. What does Q discover at the mini mall?
3. What do Gus and his friends do for fun?
4. How does Ben take care of having to pee?
5. What does Q find when searching the shelves of the store?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Q go to a party when Ben calls him?
2. What does Q do in the souvenir shop while waiting?
3. What transpires the first five hours of their trip?
4. To whom does Q ask about the Walt Whitman poem, "Song of Myself" and what does he learn from the person?
5. How does Q vacillate about his search for Margo, but what does he do instead of the prom concerning her?
6. What transpires in hours seven through eleven?
7. How does Q's dealing with the end of high school give him insight into Margo?
8. What do Q and Lacey talk about in the bathroom?
9. What does Q realize about how he has mirrored Margo?
10. How does Q finally figure out where Margo is?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Many people were running from their problems, such as jobs they hated, marriages which were bad or escaping from relatives they did not like, by leaving for the gold fields. Many realized very quickly that no matter how far they ran their character flaws were always there. Margo has run from her problems but then finds she must face the central cause of his problems, herself.
1. Running from problems by going somewhere else is called a "geographic cure." Discuss what do you think this means.
2. Do you believe taking the geographic cure is a good idea or a bad idea? Why or why not? Could it be different depending on the circumstance? How did running help Margo? How did it harm her?
3. Discuss two situations that might respond well to a geographic cure and two that wouldn't be helped with on. Does Margo's determination to leave home seem like a geographic cure? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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