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. How does Jimmy die?

2. In what year does the novel conclude?

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

4. When Sergeant Burke comes to talk to the boy's mother, what does he reveal as his reason for beating her husband?

5. In September 1954, the boy's teacher asks several unanswerable questions in which class?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Danno Bredin?

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

3. What is important about the boy's reading of the story of Eddie's death in Irish?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Foreshadowing is used multiple times in the novel. Cite three examples and show how they are used to indicate events that will happen later in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Does the boy narrator experience any form of catharsis in the novel? If so, what level of catharsis does he attain? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, the boy's mother deals repeatedly with depression as her role in Eddie's death is progressively revealed.

1. How is she involved in the mystery surrounding Eddie's disappearance?

2. How is her relationship with Tony McIlhenny a factor in her involvement?

3. Do you think she should feel guilty?

Support your answers with evidence from the text.

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