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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 Q think an abandoned subdivision is in the scheme of the clues he has gathered?
2. Of what does Otis Warren assure Q?
3. What does Ben want Q to do?
4. With what does Q remain obsessed?
5. Where does Q find blue painter's tape?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Q realize about how he has mirrored Margo?
2. What does Q realize when he re-reads the Whitman poem?
3. What do the boys find that leads them into a souvenir shop and how do they feel when they leave the mini mall?
4. Why does Q go to a party when Ben calls him?
5. What does Q decide after seeing the changes at the mini mall?
6. To whom does Q ask about the Walt Whitman poem, "Song of Myself" and what does he learn from the person?
7. Why is Q relieved when they find a raccoon?
8. What do Q and Lacey talk about in the bathroom?
9. What transpires in hours seven through eleven?
10. What does Q do in the souvenir shop while waiting?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Margo hates everything normal about herself and feels no one around her is authentic. She seems to be a person fully alienated and critical of her society and her social group. She does not fit into any of the social groups even though she is admired by her peers.
1. What do you think a student should do if she/he doesn't fit into the crowd at school? Use examples from Paper Towns and your life to support your answer.
2. What do you think makes a student stick out from others? Use examples from Paper Towns and your life to support your answer.
3. Why do you think Margo feels different from her peers? Use examples from Paper Towns and your life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Paper Towns. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of fitting in in Paper Towns. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to fit into their social structure? Why?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of change in Paper Towns. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with change? Why? What are some symbols of change? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?
4. Trace and analyze the theme of authenticity in Paper Towns. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with being authentic? Why? What are some symbols of authenticity? Symbols of falsehood? What characters seem authentic?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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