Lord of the Flies 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 color hair is Simon said to have in Chapter 3: “Huts on the Beach”?

2. How old is Ralph said to be in Chapter 1: “The Sound of the Shell”?

3. What does the boy with the birthmark first call “the beastie” in Chapter 2: “Fire on the Mountain”?

4. What is the name of the first little boy that arrives from the jungle when Ralph blows on the shell in Chapter 1: “The Sound of the Shell”?

5. What color is the cliff of rock that forms the side of the castle described as in Chapter 6: “Beast from Air”?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Piggy perceived by the other members of the group in Chapter 2: “Fire on the Mountain”? Why?

2. How do the majority of the boys spend their time in Chapter 3: “Huts on the Beach”?

3. Why does Ralph confront Jack in the beginning of Chapter 3: “Huts on the Beach”? How does Jack respond?

4. What characteristics serve to develop the conflict between Ralph and Jack in Chapter 5: “Beast from Water”?

5. What can be interpreted by Jack’s behavior toward Piggy in Chapter 4: “Painted Faces and Long Hair”?

6. What routines have been established on the island in Chapter 4: “Painted Faces and Long Hair”?

7. What is discussed at the meeting in Chapter 1: “The Sound of the Shell”? How do the boys feel about their situation?

8. How would you describe the system of discipline on the island in Chapter 3: “Huts on the Beach”? What effects can you see from this system?

9. What element of fear and suspense is introduced during the meeting in Chapter 2: “Fire on the Mountain”

10. How have Jack’s and Ralph’s experiences differed during the first days on the island, as seen in Chapter 3: “Huts on the Beach”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the historical context of Lord of the Flies. Historical context refers to the situations and events during the time in which a piece of literature was written. What global and national events were taking place in 1954, when Golding’s novel was published? How does the novel reflect these events?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the outbreak of the forest fire in Chapter 2: “Fire on the Mountain” and the disappearance of the boy with the maroon birthmark. What is implied to have happened to the boy? Would this have happened if the others had heeded Piggy’s advice? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the narrative point of view of Lord of the Flies. Is the story related from a first, second, or third person perspective? Is the narrator’s point of view limited or omniscient? Is the story told in the present or past tense? What effect do these choices of the author’s have on the reader?

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