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 Sheb have in his hand when he breaks into Alice's bedroom?

2. What is Allie's reason for not going to church?

3. How does Kennerly describe Soobie to the gunslinger?

4. What does Brown use for a dinner table?

5. Who is the one character in the Bible that Sylvia Pittston fears?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the gunslinger's guns.

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

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

4. Describe the desert in which the gunslinger is traveling.

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the landscape as the gunslinger arrives in Tull.

10. Explain the levels of khef that are summarized in this chapter.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) As the reader follows the gunslinger through his solitary trek across the desert, what kind of person is he revealed to be?

2) Analyze the character traits he reveals when he encounters Brown and Zoltan, Jake, and Allie.

3) Summarize deeper insights into the gunslinger's human nature in each of these relationships.

Essay Topic 2

1) Analyze Sylvia Pittston's final acts in the story and if she has any alternatives to the shootout in Tull.

2) Was her character completely evil in the end?

3) Justify the answer with examples from the story.

Essay Topic 3

1) The gunslinger has many memories of his youth as a boy named Roland.

2) Describe what is learned about the gunslinger as an adult by his memories of Roland.

3) Explain how these memories of his early life affect his lifestyle and relationships as an adult.

4) Analyze how his notions as Roland have changed since becoming a gunslinger.

5) Cite examples to justify the answers.

(see the answer keys)

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