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 Rubashov remember he had read about the universe?

2. What does Gletkin say was the purpose of Rubashov’s confession two years previously?

3. What is something Rubashov notices about his body shortly before they shoot him?

4. What does Hare-lip say about Rubashov?

5. What does Rubashov think Gletkin represents?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. For what reason does Rubashov think the regime is attempting to get rid of the old guard?

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

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

5. What verdict is reached on Rubashov's charges? What evidence is presented?

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

7. What happens with Rubashov right after he signs the last charge?

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

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

10. What does Wassilij think about right after the questions concerning Arlova are read to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although women were supposedly liberated along with the men during the revolution, all the of the top leaders of the revolution and those in power were men. One of the women most written about is Arlova, Rubashov’s secretary at one time. She ends up being executed because she allowed Rubashov to use her as he liked.

Discuss the treatment of women in Darkness at Noon. Could the novel be considered sexist?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

Analyze and discuss what you think are the characteristics of a successful novel and why Darkness at Noon is or is not a successful novel based on your criteria. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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