Darkness at Noon 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 much did Rubashov have to pay for the taxi ride he took when he left Richard?

2. What does 402 tell Rubashov is happening the night the prison feels different?

3. What does Bill, a man Little Loewy and Rubashov meet, do for a living?

4. What does Rubashov say is the reason he is lost?

5. What are the two types of cases that could be used in court for Rubashov?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is in the cell in which Rubashov is locked at the beginning of the book?

2. Why does Rubashov question Richard and what does Rubashov tell Richard?

3. How does Rubashov prepare for his first interrogation when he thinks they may use the steambath on him?

4. How does Rubashov respond to the evidence and charges Ivanov presents? What is Ivanov’s response?

5. Whom does Rubashov watch the guards escort down the hallway after Rubashov’s flashback? What does the man look like?

6. What happens to Rubashov the first time he is imprisoned?

7. What does Rubashov see the last night of the two weeks given to Rubashov by Ivanov? Who arranges it?

8. How does Rubashov pass his time in the his cell?

9. What book does Rubashov say No. 1 has sitting on his desk at all times? Why does No. 1 have the book?

10. What was Prisoner 406’s sentence in his country of origin? How much time does he serve? How does he get out of prison?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

Define plot and include the definitions of the most important elements of a plot. Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not? Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Darkness at Noon, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot? Give a brief synopsis of any important sub-plots.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not? Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Darkness at Noon help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Darkness at Noon? Why or why not? Use examples from Darkness at Noon to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes Darkness at Noon interesting. Discuss the following:

Thoroughly discuss and analyze Rubashov. What are his strengths and weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he usually likable? Seldom likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas. Use the same criteria to thoroughly discuss and analyze No. 402 and Gletkin.

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