I Am Legend 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 does Robert do when he sees Ben jump over the object in Part II, Chapter 8?

2. What does Robert manufacture in an attempt to kill the vampires in Part II, Chapter 7?

3. Other than the plague, what else happened as a result of the war?

4. In Part I, Chapter 3, what does Robert's house smell like?

5. What kind of car does Robert drive?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part I, Chapter 3, several things drive Robert to despair. Describe one.

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

3. In Part I, Chapter 6, what does Robert's new mural represent?

4. What does Robert do in Part II, Scene ,7 after he finds out about the characteristics of garlic; what are the results?

5. 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?

6. Why is the discovery of the effect that sunlight has on vampires an important turning point for Robert?

7. Describe Robert Neville as he is introduced to the reader in Part I, Chapter I.

8. 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.

9. What oddity does Robert find while looking for a lathe at Sears?

10. Describe Robert's efforts to get in his house after his watch stops in Part I, Chapter 5.

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

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 3

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?

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