Reading in the Dark 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. Why doesn't the girl return Jimmy's affection?

2. What language does the boy use to his advantage because his parents do not understand it?

3. What happens to the boy's mother after she stops taking the medicine?

4. By the end of Chapter 6, how many of the boy's parents' children live at home?

5. In which class do the boys discuss the speech given by the army chaplain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the boy recall about "unconditional love"?

2. Why is the boy again upset with his mother at the end of Chapter 5?

3. How does the boy conclude that it was his mother who tipped off McIlhenny?

4. In what ways are the problems of Northern Ireland just beginning as the problems the boy faces are now ending?

5. What does the boy believe about his loyalties to his parents as he sets off to college?

6. What scripture passages does the boy enjoy reading, but why do they trouble him?

7. Describe the relationship between Tony, Katie, and the boy's mother.

8. What does the boy mean when he says he has become the "plague himself" by wanting to know what had "plagued her"?

9. What causes the boy to realize his mother doesn't care what he reveals to anyone?

10. Why does the boy's evening with Irene prove to be a disappointment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, the boy encounters and overcomes many difficult situations in order to piece together his family's history and to find out what happened to his uncle. The story is riddled with sadness, death, poor choices, and loss; how can this story be redeemed? Is there any hope in this story? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 2

As the novel progresses, the mystery of Eddie's disappearance is pieced together by the boy narrator.

1. What does the boy learn about his family because of the family secret?

2. How has the boy's relationship with his parents changed as the secret has been revealed?

3. How has the boy's determination to find out the secret changed as the secret slowly becomes revealed?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the boy's mother and father.

1.) How are they different in their treatments of the boy? How are they same?

2.) What parts of the family secret does each of them know?

3.) How do their behaviors change over the course of the novel?

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