The Door in the Wall Test | Mid-Book 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 was the overwhelming and unfamiliar feeling Wallace experienced in the garden?

2. What was the real name of the boy at school who Wallace told about the garden?

3. What kind of flowers line the steps that suddenly appear in the garden?

4. The first feeling Wallace had when he saw the door for the second time was ____________.

5. Wallace described the boy at school who told his secret about the garden to the older boys as looking like a what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Wallace think is strange about coming across the door as he was on his way to a girl's house one day?

2. What makes Redmond believe Wallace's story when he first hears it?

3. What does Redmond think the green door may have really been?

4. How does Wallace demonstrate to Redmond what his success means to him?

5. How does Wallace think the people in the garden will react when they see him?

6. How does Redmond compare his school career to Wallace's?

7. Why does Redmond think Wallace went to the place where he died?

8. What are the disappointments in Wallace's life?

9. How did the boys' teasing of Wallace take a nastier turn than just friendly ribbing?

10. What is the deep mystery about Wallace that Redmond refers to at the end of the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did Wallace first come across the door in the wall? Discuss in detail the circumstances of the subsequent times he found the door and why he never entered the garden again.

Essay Topic 2

What are the allegorical implications of the garden and Wallace's obsessive search for the door in the wall?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the overlying theme of the novel. Is The Door in the Wall a cautionary tale? Why or why not?

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