The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger 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 Alice decide she can do in a day or two?

2. What is Alice's reaction to the man in black's actions?

3. What does the gunslinger accuse Brown of doing to him?

4. What does the gunslinger offer to pay Brown for?

5. What strange thought crosses the gunslinger's mind about Brown?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize how the gunslinger begins to tell the story of Tull.

2. Describe Kennerly's daughters.

3. Summarize Allie's explanation about Nort's death.

4. Describe how Brown surprises the gunslinger.

5. Describe Allie's thoughts about the gunslinger after she hears him talking strangely to Nort.

6. Explain what the gunslinger is contemplating as he gets water from Brown's well.

7. Summarize the discussion Brown and the gunslinger have after the blessing.

8. Describe the young dweller that the gunslinger encounters when he comes out of the foothills.

9. Explain what the gunslinger is thinking as he eats his breakfast.

10. Describe the preacher who gives a sermon at the church.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The gunslinger is one of the main constants throughout the novel. He is mentioned in all three parts of the story and everyone's life seems to revolve around him.

1) Explain how the gunslinger and the characters intertwine as the book progresses.

2) What relationship does he have with Brown, Allie, the man in black, Jake, Kennerly, and Sylvia Pittston.

Essay Topic 2

The gunslinger has a number of dreams and visions throughout the novel.

1) Choose two of the gunslinger's dreams or visions and determine if they affect his reality or if they are only harmless imaginings.

2) Analyze how the gunslinger manages to remain in the real world even after being influenced by so many visions.

3) In what way do the visions change his course and alter his life?

Essay Topic 3

1) Analyze Stephen King's use of imagery to convey the tone of the novel.

2) How do the images of the weather and the desert add to this tone?

3) Justify the answers with examples from the novel.

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