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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. Why does Ben take NyQuil?
2. What is Lacey's role for the trip?
3. What does Q discover at the mini mall?
4. What does Q do instead of what he wanted to do?
5. Whose house are Ben and the others at for an after-prom party?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Q realize about how he has mirrored Margo?
2. How does Q finally figure out where Margo is?
3. What roles do Radar and Lacey assume for the trip to New York?
4. What does Q realize when he re-reads the Whitman poem?
5. Why is Q relieved when they find a raccoon?
6. How does Q vacillate about his search for Margo, but what does he do instead of the prom concerning her?
7. Why is Gus at the mini mall and what does he say about Margo?
8. What are Ben and Radar's theories about Margo and how does Q feel when he hears them?
9. Why does Q go to a party when Ben calls him?
10. What does Q decide after seeing the changes at the mini mall?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the following:
1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?
2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?
3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?
4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?
5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.
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
Characters are an important part of what makes Paper Towns interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Quentin. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Margo. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Jase. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
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