Lord of the Flies Test | Final 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 cuts the sow’s neck with a knife in Chapter 8: “Gift for the Darkness”?

2. Simon makes an allusion to what English Queen in Chapter 7: “Shadows and Tall Trees”?

3. Who agrees to go back through the forest to the shelters and the littluns as the other boys head toward the mountain in Chapter 7: “Shadows and Tall Trees”?

4. Ralph tells Piggy in Chapter 10: “The Shell and the Glasses,” “I’m frightened. Of” what?

5. What word used in Chapter 7: “Shadows and Tall Trees” refers to the quality of being dulled or rounded at the extremity?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ralph begin running for the beach and shelters in Chapter 12: “Cry of the Hunters”?

2. What conflicts arise when Jack arrives at the fort in Chapter 11: “Castle Rock”?

3. What is represented by the behavior of the boys during the ritualistic dance in Chapter 7: “Shadows and Tall Trees”?

4. How has Ralph’s tribe changed by the beginning of Chapter 10: “The Shell and the Glasses”?

5. Why does Ralph go to Jack’s fort in Chapter 11: “Castle Rock”? What does he encounter when he arrives?

6. How does the conflict escalate between Jack and Ralph in Chapter 11: “Castle Rock”? Why?

7. How does Jack differ from Ralph as a leader, as seen in Chapter 10: “The Shell and the Glasses”?

8. How does Piggy die in Chapter 11: “Castle Rock”? Who is responsible for his death?

9. What is Ralph doing in the beginning of Chapter 12: “Cry of the Hunters”? What news does he learn from the twins?

10. What argument ensues between Ralph and his companions regarding the fire in Chapter 10: “The Shell and the Glasses”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the character of Jack Merridew in the novel. How old are the choir boys that are on the island? What was Jack’s role within the choir? How do the characters of Jack and Ralph get along in the beginning of the story? What potential conflicts are established in the first chapters?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Ralph’s decision to go to Jack’s camp in Chapter 9. Why do Ralph and Piggy decide to go have meat at Jack’s feast? What happens when they arrive? How does Jack treat them? How does Ralph respond when Jack tries to talk the others into joining his tribe?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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