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. How does Brown prepare the meal?

2. Who is the first person the gunslinger meets when he comes down the foothills?

3. Why is Brown's hut door below ground level?

4. What does Alice tell the gunslinger about Nort's eyes?

5. How does the gunslinger react to Brown's reason for giving an apology?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why the gunslinger tells Allie he is leaving in the morning.

2. Describe what the gunslinger passes in the desert after he leaves the town three weeks before.

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

4. Describe how Brown surprises the gunslinger.

5. Summarize the scene in the bar when Nort puts a hand on the gunslinger's shoulder.

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

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

8. Summarize the way Allie and the gunslinger spend their time for the four days they spend in Allie's room.

9. Describe the man in black's arrival in the town of Tull.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Pinpoint the major conflicts in the novel.

2) Determine if these conflicts are internal or external and if they are between the characters themselves, personal conflicts, and conflicts with nature.

3) Give examples from the novel of these conflicts and if they are resolved by the end of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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