After the First Death Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Miro and Artkin's relationship resemble?

2. Why do the terrorists take the dead child outside?

3. What does Ben seem to be contemplating?

4. Why is Miro surprised when he meets the driver?

5. What else does Miro tell Kate about concerning his home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the reader realize as the narration of the novel continues?

2. What do the events of the novel show to the reader?

3. Why is Miro excited about finally getting to participate with Artkin's plans?

4. What does Kate hope for when she hears the helicopters overhead?

5. What is Ben very eager to do?

6. When Kate is using the bathroom, what does she find?

7. What is different about Miro and Ben?

8. What does the reader begin to understand about Miro as the events of the novel play out?

9. When Kate asks to take all of the children to the bathroom, what is she given instead?

10. How do events begin to take a turn for the worse?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It seems as though the author is constantly trying to compare the lives of the three main characters. What themes does the author seem to emphasize with Kate, Ben, and Miro?

Essay Topic 2

What American rites of passage are present or mentioned in this novel?

What characters are forced to go through these?

How might these rites of passage differ from ones that Miro was forced to live through.

Essay Topic 3

A little over half way through the novel, the reader is surprised when the narrator changes.

How does the change in narrator create a different tone and feeling in the novel?

Why do you think Cormier chose to change the narrator.

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