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. Why does Rubashov make the speech he makes?

2. What worries Wassilij about contradicting the reader?

3. What does the reader do as she reads the newspaper to Wassilij?

4. What does Rubashov think is the real reason he is innocent of all charges?

5. What does Rubashov realize about his position with Gletkin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Rubashov confused after he hands over his confession?

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

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

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

6. When Rubashov begins to address the court, what does he say he will talk about?

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

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

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

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

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

In the Second Hearing, Rubashov writes of an agriculturist who was killed because he believed nitrate artificial fertilizer was superior to potash.

Discuss how Rubashov relates the above to the communist government’s tendency at that time to kill anyone who disagrees with the government about any subject and how Rubashov believes only the future will know who is right. Use examples from Darkness at Noon to support your answer.

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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