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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 Ben want Q to do?
2. What does Q discover at the mini mall?
3. Who is Dr. Holden?
4. Why is Q frustrated with Ben?
5. Who is Gus?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Q find when he searches the shelves again and what does he realize from that?
2. What significant conversation do Ben and Q have in hour twelve?
3. What does Q do at Holly Meadows?
4. What transpires the first five hours of their trip?
5. What transpires in hours seven through eleven?
6. What are Ben and Radar's theories about Margo and how does Q feel when he hears them?
7. What does Q do in the souvenir shop while waiting?
8. Why does Q become frustrated with Ben the morning after the prom?
9. To whom does Q ask about the Walt Whitman poem, "Song of Myself" and what does he learn from the person?
10. How does Q finally figure out where Margo is?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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).
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