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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. Robert discovers what system defends the body from germs?

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

3. What does Robert get out of his dresser drawer after he sees the vampires destroying his personal property?

4. What does Robert do when he sees Ben jump over the object in Part II, Chapter 8?

5. What does Robert realize when he takes the bandage off his hand in Part II, Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As Robert takes the pills that will soon end his suffering, what is he thinking?

3. In Part II, Chapter 9, what happens after Robert buried Virginia in a shallow grave.

4. Robert is reading Bram Stoker's <i>Dracula.</i> His attention is drawn by the quote, "The strength of the vampire is that no one will believe in him." What do you think Stoker meant by this quote, and why does it seem preposterous to Robert in his present situation?

5. Where is Robert when he wakes up in Part IV, Chapter 21? What does he see? How does he feel? Who is with him?

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

7. How does Robert meet Ruth in Part III, Chapter 15?

8. What does Robert see when he finally emerges from his wife's crypt?

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

10. Why does Robert acquire a microscope, and what does he see once he gets it to work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Consider the various legends associated with vampires. What practical application might these legends serve? For example, the legend about vampires sleeping all day and only coming out at night might be a crafty way parents in any era might have kept their children from staying out after dark and exposing themselves to very real dangers. You may apply your chosen legend and application to current or past times when hypothesizing its purpose.

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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