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. How does Ben take care of having to pee?

2. What does Q worry about as he is driving in the second hour of the trip?

3. What does Q realize about Margo?

4. Why does Ben take NyQuil?

5. What does Q discover at the mini mall?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Q's dealing with the end of high school give him insight into Margo?

3. Why does Q go to a party when Ben calls him?

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

5. What does Q resolve to find on Saturday and how do Q and Radar use what they find?

6. How does Q vacillate about his search for Margo, but what does he do instead of the prom concerning her?

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

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

9. What does Q find when he searches the shelves again and what does he realize from that?

10. What does Q realize about how he has mirrored Margo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of Paper Towns, Quentin grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Paper Towns might be considered a slice of Quentin's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that Paper Towns is a "bildungsroman" of Quentin Jacobsen. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Quentin as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Quentin?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Quentin 's growth throughout Paper Towns, do you think Paper Towns could be considered Quentin 's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Paper Towns who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Paper Towns. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Green chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Green chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Green's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Green use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

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.

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