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 402 say when Rubashov tells him Rubashov is capitulating?

2. What does Wassilij say after he hears that Rubashov’s sentence is death?

3. What does Gletkin say is the reason peasants in industrial positions should be shot for even minor infractions of the law?

4. What does Rubashov realize he missed right after breakfast?

5. What temptation does Rubashov say he has overcome?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Rubashov’s response about Arlova when the prosecutor asks about her? What does the prosecutor say to Rubashov about Arlova?

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

4. What does Wassilij say to his daughter about Rubashov’s speech?

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

6. What does Wassilij’s daughter tell him about the petition at work?

7. How does Rubashov respond to Hare-lip’s accusations?

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

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

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

Discuss one of the following:

Trace and analyze the theme of political philosophy in Darkness at Noon. Consider the following questions as you write: Examine which characters are most concerned with political philosophy and about what their concern is centered. How does political philosophy drive the plot? How is political philosophy responsible for the ultimate fate of Rubashov?

Trace and analyze the theme of individualism in Darkness at Noon. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? How is Rubashov’s suppression of his individualism responsible for Rubashov’s death? Why might a Communist state attempt to eradicate individualism?

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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