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. What does Gletkin say about Arlova?

2. What did Rubashov mean to study when he was a boy?

3. What does Rubashov say has always been his motives for anything?

4. What does Wassilij say one must do without if one sides with decency?

5. What does the resolution that the reader signed demand?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rubashov say some of his ideas could cause?

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

3. What happens after 402 taps his farewell to Rubashov?

4. To what other charges does Rubashov concede? What is the one charge that is dropped?

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

6. How does Gletkin interview Rubashov differently than Ivanov might have done?

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

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

9. What is the result of Gletkin’s pushing Rubashov with no sleep?

10. How does Wassilij’s daughter read the paper to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

Compare/contrast the characters of Rubashov and Ivanov. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples. Compare/contrast the characters of Rubashov and Gletkin. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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