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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 Robert do to express his frustration in Part I, Chapter3?

2. How is the sky described in Part I, Chapter 4?

3. What was the melody played by Ben's door chimes?

4. What other important item do the vampires destroy in Part I, Chapter 5?

5. In Part II, Chapter 8, Ben jumps over what object?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Robert Neville's mission in life as described in Part I, Chapter 1?

2. What two important items did the vampires destroy after Robert's watch stopped, and why were they so important?

3. Describe Robert's relationship with Ben Cortman before Ben became ill.

4. In Part I, Chapter 4, Robert awakens late in the morning, suffering the effects of a night of drinking too much. His feelings begin to conflict with each other, and he finally gets in his car and drives dangerously and aimlessly. Where does he end up, and what does he do while there?

5. What is allyl sulphide, and how is it prepared?

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

7. In Part I, Chapter 6, what has Robert done to repair his home?

8. How does Robert react to the vampire attack after he gets back in his house?

9. Robert mulls over the ways vampires "die" for the final time. Describe some of the forms these deaths take and Robert's suppositions about why there are different ways of dying for vampires.

10. In Part II, Chapter 9, Robert recalls the day of Virginia's death. Describe his reaction in the moments directly after her death.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

All fiction is based on conflict and this conflict is presented in a structured format called the plot. Identify the plot of "I Am Legend." How do the events taking place in the novel revolve around this plot? Is it possible to have more than one plot? Does"I Am Legend have more than one plot? If so, what is the other plot(s)? Pick two characters other than Robert and explain their importance to the plot.

Essay Topic 3

Robert begins to flash back to his past. What purpose does this serve to the reader? What purpose does it serve to Robert? Are they mutually exclusive? Why or why not?

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