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

2. Where does Charlie McCabe frequent?

3. Which character dies in 1959?

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

5. To whom is the boy attracted in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the boy's mother begin to treat him unkindly?

3. What does Father Nugent talk to the boy narrator about and why does it make him uncomfortable?

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

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

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

7. Why does Sergeant Burke say he beat up Frank and why does he apologize for it?

8. Why does the boy's mother turn hostile toward him in Chapter 6?

9. What does Crazy Joe know about the mystery surrounding Eddie's death?

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

Good vs. evil is an important theme in the novel. Show how three characters made the wrong decision in regards to Eddie's death and explain what they should have done differently.

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

If this story had happened in America, how might it change? What details would be different? What historical events in America might have affected the story? How might the characters behave differently?

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