Outer Dark 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. Where is the person or item found in the woods?

2. In what type of house does the unnamed man live?

3. What does the young boy ask Culla's sister to do in town?

4. Who is about to give birth in the unnamed man's house?

5. Where does Culla's sister find out information about him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the brother refuse to get a midwife for his sister?

2. What do the tinker and the woman at his store decide to do with the baby?

3. Who provides Culla with a small job and what other kindness does he show Culla?

4. What fact will be unknown to the brother or his sister who delivered the baby?

5. How does Culla complete the grave-digging job and where does he sleep for the night?

6. What sentence does Culla receive from the man and what unusual request does Culla end up making of the man?

7. Who does Rinthy encounter when looking for a doctor?

8. Where does Culla hope to go after leaving the old man's cabin?

9. What happens to the old man when three strangers arrive at his door?

10. How does Rinthy finally encounter the tinker and why does he question her about the baby?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does McCarthy use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

McCarthy uses more than one instance of irony in the story. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the story and note why they are examples of irony. What is the major irony in the story? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does McCarthy use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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