Darkness at Noon Test | Final 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. When is Rubashov taken from his cell after turning in his confession?

2. What does Rubashov think the best of them do when condemned to die?

3. What does Rubashov say he will explain to the judges?

4. What does 402 say when Rubashov tells him Rubashov is capitulating?

5. What does the prosecutor ask Rubashov about counter-revolutionary movements?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what does Wassilij interrupt her reading?

2. What does Rubashov ask for when he is taken before Gletkin for Rubashov’s third hearing? What is Gletkin’s response?

3. What does Wassilij’s daughter have to say about Rubashov’s trial and what is his response?

4. What does Rubashov realize about his relationship with Gletkin? Why does he think this?

5. What does Rubashov feel about the grammatical fiction and the USSR right before he is taken to be killed?

6. What are the first two questions the prosecutor asks Rubashov?

7. What does Rubashov confess to in the beginning? What is Gletkin’s response to this?

8. What does Rubashov’s diary entry at the beginning of the Third Hearing contain?

9. With whom does Gletkin confront Rubashov and with what charge?

10. What is Wassilij’s daughter thinking as she reads the paper out loud?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

Identify the protagonists of the story and why you believe they are such? Identify the antagonists of the story and why you believe they are such? Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot? Which, if any, characters are not essential to the story? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about what they know. Sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Arthur Koestler. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Koestler's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Koestler's probable agenda concerning that idea.

Essay Topic 3

Rubashov is told to confess to his crimes and go to his death silently so that his trial can be a warning to others and help heal the rift that is occurring in the Party.

Why do you think Rubashov, at the end, is willing to do what a Party who is going to kill him asks him to do? Use examples from Darkness at Noon to support your answer.

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