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. Who is described in Chapter 4: “Painted Faces and Long Hair” as “the only boy on the island whose hair never seemed to grow”?

2. When Jack suggests that “the castle” would make an excellent fort in Chapter 6: “Beast from Air,” this is an example of what literary technique?

3. What are the names of the twins that appear on the beach in Chapter 1: “The Sound of the Shell”?

4. Which of the littluns had run off crying after getting sand in his eye in Chapter 4: “Painted Faces and Long Hair”?

5. What kind of shell do Ralph and Piggy discover on the beach in Chapter 1: “The Sound of the Shell”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads to the impromptu meeting in Chapter 6: “Beast from Air”? What decision is made at the meeting?

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

3. How would you describe the tone and mood in the beginning of Chapter 5: “Beast from Water”?

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

5. 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?

6. Why does Ralph allow Jack to take the lead in Chapter 6: “Beast from Air”? What consequences does this have?

7. How would you describe the exploration of the boys in Chapter 1: “The Sound of the Shell”?

8. Who are the first characters introduced in Chapter 1: “The Sound of the Shell”? How are they described?

9. What does the conch shell come to represent symbolically in Chapter 2: “Fire on the Mountain”? Why?

10. What events have led to the boys’ arrival on the island in Lord of the Flies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the leadership qualities of Ralph and Jack in the novel. Why does Jack decide to leave Ralph’s group? What happens when he makes this announcement? What will happen to Ralph’s group without the hunters?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe and analyze the character of Ralph as the protagonist of Lord of the Flies. How old is Ralph? What does the reader know about his character based on the dialogue and exposition in Chapter 1? What elements of Ralph’s character indicate he will be the protagonist of the novel?

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