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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. When defending his behavior to himself, what does Robert say has "fallen with society"?

2. Whom does Robert call out to at the end of Part I, Chapter 5?

3. What is wrong with Robert when he wakes up in Part I, Chapter 4?

4. What does Robert realize he has forgotten when he gets to his front door in Part I, Chapter 5?

5. In Part I, Chapter 3, Robert feels a bit of sympathy towards vampires, but he would still never __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In Part I, Chapter 1, what does Robert do for recreation?

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. Robert is reading Bram Stoker's Dracula. 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?

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Robert meets Ruth, he is wary and has not even the slightest interest in her romantically. Do you think Robert's trust in humans is permanently damaged? He doesn't seem to know whom to trust, if anyone. How do you think he might recover that trust?

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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