Paper Towns Test | Final 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 decide to do at the minimall?

2. Instead of a mystery, what does Q decide Margo is?

3. What speed must they maintain to arrive at target at specified time?

4. About what does Q lie to his parents?

5. What item of Margo's does Q find at the mini-mall?

Short Essay Questions

1. What transpires the first five hours of their trip?

2. Why is Q relieved when they find a raccoon?

3. What does Q do at Holly Meadows?

4. What do Q's parents say about humans mirroring each other?

5. What roles do Radar and Lacey assume for the trip to New York?

6. What does Q do in the souvenir shop while waiting?

7. What do the boys find that leads them into a souvenir shop and how do they feel when they leave the mini mall?

8. What transpires in hours seven through eleven?

9. Why does Q become frustrated with Ben the morning after the prom?

10. What does Q decide after seeing the changes at the mini mall?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Paper Towns help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Paper Towns? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Paper Towns to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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

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.

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