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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. In Part II, Chapter 9, why were the bodies of plague victims treated the way they were?

2. Robert recalls something about the pit when he arrives at the field. What does he recall?

3. What does Robert see as he leaves in his car in Chapter 2?

4. What is it about Ben that reminds Robert of a comedian in Part II, Chapter 8?

5. In what year was "I Am Legend" written?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Robert find on the third day of his drinking binge in Part II, Chapter 12? What is his reaction to this find?

2. What does Robert do in Part III, Chapter 17, to show Ruth that he does trust her?

3. In Part II, Chapter 10, when Robert realizes that his isolated experiments are useless and he needs to study the problem scientifically, where does he go, and what does he do there?

4. In Part I, Chapter 3, what does Robert do to vent his frustration, and what is the source of his frustration?

5. What theory about the disease is Robert not ready to accept in Part II, Chapter 7? What does he research after this conclusion?

6. What is Robert's reaction to Ben's death at the hands of the men in dark suits?

7. In Part II, Chapter 12, what other discoveries does Robert make while experimenting on the bacterium?

8. Why does Robert think that vampires have issues with crosses, mirrors, etc.?

9. Why does Robert think he is immune to the vampire plague?

10. How does Robert begin his research into the nature of vampires?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Several times in the novel, Robert questions why he bothers to go on living. Why do you think he does? Do you think he is afraid of death? Do you think his religious convictions keep him from committing suicide, even after all he's seen?

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think the author chooses vampires as the villains of the novel? What do vampires represent in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Robert's "germ theory" goes a long way to explain a lot about the vampires, but it doesn't answer everything. How does Robert think the disease spread? Is this a valid hypothesis? Why or why not? Could there be other ways the disease could spread? If so, give some examples. If not, explain why you think Robert's idea is the only valid way the disease could spread. Why is this theory important to the novel?

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