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. Who sends some men to search for whoever removed the person in #85 from the grave?

2. Where is the person or item found in the woods?

3. Where is Culla when the group of men spots him?

4. What happened to the men who killed Old Man Salter?

5. What job does Culla perform for the person in #52?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does McCarthy introduce Culla and what are the circumstances of him and his sister?

2. What does the man in the woods notice about Culla?

3. How does the sister's labor progress and what does the brother say about the newborn child?

4. How does Culla get rescued when the ferryboat runs out of control?

5. Describe the family that Rinthy meets after she has been walking for awhile.

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

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

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

9. Why does the squire decide to go after Culla the next morning?

10. What commotion does Culla experience when he reaches the town of Cheatham?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of the man in black. 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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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