Reading in the Dark Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the boy's mother do with the flower he gives her in Chapter 6?

2. What happens to the boy's father right before he retires?

3. Where do the police help McIlhenny escape to after he was tipped off to the boy's grandfather in 1926?

4. What does the boy realize about his mother after the onset of her depression?

5. What is Claire's last expression?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Which parts of the story and characters of the novel do you identify with? Why?

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

Which characters in the novel would be considered guides for the boy narrator? What do they teach him? Are they positive or negative mentors?

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