Paper Towns Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Paper Towns' by John Green is a young adult novel about the evolving relationship between two teenagers. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this story.

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green tells the story of a teenage girl, Margo, and a boy, Quentin, who have a close friendship as the result of a traumatic incident when they were children. Students will connect with these characters as they evolve during this coming of age story. These questions will lead to class discussions about this book.

Part One

The questions in this section will support comprehension of Part I of the story.

  • Describe the setting of the story.
  • Describe the relationship between Margo and Quentin at the beginning of the story.
  • What is the narration style of the story?
  • What happened to Quentin and Margo when they were nine years old?
  • Compare Quentin and Margo's reactions to the traumatic event.
  • Describe Quentin's relationship with his parents.
  • Compare Quentin and Margo's relationships with their peers in high school.
  • Why is Quentin surprised when Margo comes to his house?
  • What does Margo want Quentin to do for her? Why does Quentin agree?
  • What does Margo hope to accomplish during their adventure? Why?
  • Describe Margo's plan. Do you think it is a good idea? Why?
  • Why do they go to Karin's house? What does that reveal about Karin and Margo's relationship?
  • Why do they go to Lacey Pemberton's house? What is your impression of Lacey?
  • How did the author choose the title of this story?
  • Why do Margo and Quentin decide to get revenge on Chuck Parson?
  • What do they do to him?
  • What happens at Sea World?
  • Why do you think Margo won't hang out with Quentin and his friends at school?

Part Two

The following questions will help students understand Part II of the book.

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