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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 do Robert and Ruth discuss over supper?
2. Who does Ruth say killed her husband?
3. In Part II, Chapter 14, Robert comes up with a psychological explanation as a new perspective on the way vampires act. To what does he compare this psychological explanation?
4. What does Robert do to Ruth as he embraces her?
5. What are the headings of the lists that Robert makes in Part II, Chapter 12?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Part III, Chapter 19, what does the letter that Ruth wrote to Robert say?
2. How does Ruth react to Robert accusing her of being a vampire?
3. In Part II, Chapter 14, what event does Robert recall during the final days of the plague? How does feel about the people involved in this event?
4. Why does Robert think that vampires have issues with crosses, mirrors, etc.?
5. In Part II, Chapter 12, what other discoveries does Robert make while experimenting on the bacterium?
6. What does Robert do in Part III, Chapter 17, to show Ruth that he does trust her?
7. What does Robert find on the third day of his drinking binge in Part II, Chapter 12? What is his reaction to this find?
8. How does Robert meet Ruth in Part III, Chapter 15?
9. In Part II, Chapter 13, what does Robert see that fills him with joy?
10. How has Robert's relationship with Ben Cortman changed from the days before the plague to their current relationship in Part III, Chapter 15?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Taking into consideration Robert's lack of companionship, why is it important for him to keep a schedule? What might happen if he just drifts through his day? What does a schedule do to keep Robert going? Why would he even bother with no one to work for or live for? Does he have any purpose in life now that his loved ones are gone? If so, what is it? If not, what might serve that purpose?
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
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?
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