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 does Q want to visit?

2. Why is Q frustrated with Ben?

3. Of what does Radar say Q needs to have a more realistic view?

4. How does Radar help Q?

5. Where does the group make a quick gas stop at a BP station?

Short Essay Questions

1. To whom does Q ask about the Walt Whitman poem, "Song of Myself" and what does he learn from the person?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Margo and Quentin. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Ben and Radar. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Compare/contrast Margo and Quentin's parents. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which ones seem more of a well-rounded character?

4. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Paper Towns help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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

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?

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