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. What is Culla's last name?

2. Rinthy tells the old woman that she is looking for the tinker to ________________.

3. How much longer would the baby have lived had the vendor not found him?

4. Which of the following items does the vendor NOT have?

5. In what condition is the baby when discovered in the woods?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scenario of Culla waiting for a ferry.

2. What happens to the good boots that Culla is wearing?

3. What does Rinthy realize about Culla and what information does she learn about him at the general store in town?

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

5. How does the wise old woman know that Rinthy just had a baby?

6. Who does Rinthy go in search of in the town she travels to with the family?

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

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

9. What are the two reasons Culla is plagued by guilt?

10. Where does Culla find some respite from his journey and how is he rudely awakened the next morning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of greed. Identify at least two examples about greed in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of greed.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of the tinker. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point?

Essay Topic 3

McCarthy does not identify Culla and Rinthy by name until the story has progressed for awhile. Why does McCarthy leave them nameless for awhile? What is he trying to say about their situation by leaving them nameless?

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