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. Where do all the plausible itineraries for Margo's travel end?

2. Where does Q bring the minivan?

3. What is Q experiencing at school?

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

5. Where does Q think Margo might be waiting for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Q realize when he re-reads the Whitman poem?

2. What transpires in hours seven through eleven?

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

4. What are Ben and Radar's theories about Margo and how does Q feel when he hears them?

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

6. What does Q do at Holly Meadows?

7. What changes does Q find in the mini mall?

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

9. Why is Gus at the mini mall and what does he say about Margo?

10. What clue does Q try to figure out and track down?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Paper Towns is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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