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 song is playing as the gunslinger enters Tull?

2. What is Alice's response when the gunslinger asks her what is south of the desert?

3. What does the man in black announce to the patrons of the bar?

4. What is the reaction of the customers in the honky-tonk when the gunslinger walks in?

5. What does Alice ask the gunslinger to do for her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the scene when Brown wakes up the gunslinger after five hours of rest.

3. Describe the explanation Brown gives about his planted corn the last time it rained.

4. Describe Kennerly's daughters.

5. Describe what the gunslinger finds when he goes into Brown's dwelling.

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

7. Summarize what becomes of the gunslinger's mule.

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

9. Describe the first things that the gunslinger tells Brown about the town of Tull.

10. Describe the situation when Sheb breaks into Allie's room.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

1) Analyze the image of the altar and the stone circle in which Jake is mesmerized and the gunslinger receives his prophecy.

2) What does the stone circle symbolize?

3) What images does King use to describe the vision he receives and the oracle's message to him?

4) Cite examples of how the oracles prophecy relates to the gunslinger in the future.

(see the answer keys)

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