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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 happened to the men who killed Old Man Salter?

2. What does the unnamed man tell a vendor to get rid of him?

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

4. Who does Culla tell his sister not to talk to while he is gone?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the condition of the man's sister inside the cabin?

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

4. What does Culla do before going to the store again and what admonition does he give his sister before leaving?

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

6. What haunting experience does Culla have the next morning?

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

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

9. What happens to the squire as he rides in search of Culla?

10. What is the condition of the baby when Culla finally encounters him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

OUTER DARK is written in the Southern Gothic style. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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

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