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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 8, Ben has become inured to what?

2. In Part I, Chapter 4, what is Robert's silent wish?

3. How old is Robert?

4. As Part I, Chapter 6 opens, what year is it?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Robert's thoughts have a particular theme in Part I, Chapter 2. Outline his thoughts in simple form and describe the assumptions he makes from his analysis.

2. Of whom does Ben Cortman begin to remind Robert, and what is Robert's reaction to this realization?

3. What has Robert done to keep the vampires out of his home?

4. Robert has decided to surrender to the new breed of vampires. What happens when he tries to do so?

5. Robert's relationship with Ruth begins with a note of distrust. Explain some of the methods Robert uses to try to detect whether Ruth is a vampire or not.

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

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

8. What does Robert discover about the lymphatic system, and why do his discoveries leave him more disturbed than before?

9. In Part I, Chapter 5, what does Robert fear the vampires will do to his house?

10. Why does Robert go to Ben's house after Virginia dies, and what does he find there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

What is foreshadowing? Are there any examples of foreshadowing in this novel? What are they? What event(s) do they foreshadow? Why is foreshadowing so important to a novel?

Essay Topic 3

After his close call when his watch stopped, Robert tears down his mural. Why does he do this? What did the mural represent? Does he tear the mural down because he sees that it is only a representation of what he wants and will likely never have again? Do you think this event opened his eyes to that fact?

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