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. Why does Q think Ben should be more helpful?

2. What does Q think he has to do to find Margo?

3. Upon what are Ben and Radar concentrating?

4. After how many days do Lacey and Ben think Margo will return?

5. What change does Q find in a calender?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Q realize about how he has mirrored Margo?

2. What does Q decide after seeing the changes at the mini mall?

3. How does Q finally figure out where Margo is?

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

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

6. What transpires in hours seven through eleven?

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

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

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

10. What roles do Radar and Lacey assume for the trip to New York?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Paper Towns help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Paper Towns? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Paper Towns to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Paper Towns, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Paper Towns. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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