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. What event is introduced at the local community hall?

2. Who does Larry meet on his way home from Grianan?

3. Why will no one ever know what really happened to Eddie in the secret passageway of Grianan?

4. In what year does the novel conclude?

5. What does Katie's sister tell her that upsets her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What information does the boy's mother find out after Sergeant Burke dies that makes her angry?

2. Who is Danno Bredin?

3. The boy's mother is saddened throughout the entire novel, but why does her depression set in after her grandfather dies?

4. Why doesn't the boy reveal to his parents what he knows of Eddie's death?

5. Why does Katie's family refuse to attend Meave's wedding?

6. What is Sergeant Burke's purpose for going to the boy's mother and revealing all that he knows of Eddie's death?

7. What is the boy punished for by the Dean and what is his punishment?

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

9. What happens to Jimmy and Claire?

10. Why does the boy narrator find it important to his relationship with his mother that he keep her secret?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several symbols discussed in the novel. Discuss the use and meaning of disappearance, death, fire, and tradition.

Essay Topic 2

How does the historical context of Northern Ireland affect the story itself? How does it affect the characters and the mystery of Eddie's death? Why is it important to know the historical context to fully understand the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Who do you think is ultimately responsible for Eddie's death?

1. Is it the hand that pulls the trigger or the hand that orchestrates it to happen?

2. Are multiple people to blame?

3. Is one person more guilty than another?

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