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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. In the final days of the plague, two phenomena erupted. What was one?
2. What is Robert smoking in Part III, Chapter 15?
3. In Part II, Chapter 13, what does Robert discover that makes him overjoyed?
4. In Part III, Chapter 17, what does Ruth say when Robert asks if he can test her blood now?
5. What does Robert want Ruth to do in the beginning of Part III, Chapter 18?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. What is Robert's reaction to Ben's death at the hands of the men in dark suits?
3. In Part II, Chapter 13, what does Robert see that fills him with joy?
4. Robert has decided to surrender to the new breed of vampires. What happens when he tries to do so?
5. Explain what happens between Robert and the dog in Part II, Chapter 13.
6. In Part II, Chapter 12, what other discoveries does Robert make while experimenting on the bacterium?
7. How has Robert's relationship with Ben Cortman changed from the days before the plague to their current relationship in Part III, Chapter 15?
8. In Part III, Chapter 18, what does Robert see and hear when he wakes up in the middle of the night?
9. Why does Robert think he is immune to the vampire plague?
10. In Part III, Chapter 19, what does the letter that Ruth wrote to Robert say?
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
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 3
Why does Robert think he is immune to the disease? What does he think happened that made him immune? Describe this event in detail. Do you think Robert is right, or would you expect some other explanation?
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