The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Test | Mid-Book 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 does the narrator's mother apologize for in Chapter 149?

2. Why does the narrator say he uses prime numbers?

3. What profession does the narrator tell his readers he would be good at?

4. When the narrator sees four yellow cars in a row, what type of day does that signal for him?

5. Who tells the narrator that his mother has gone to heaven?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Christopher's father.

2. Why does Christopher go to Mrs. Alexander's house? What does he tell her? Why does Christopher leave her house in a hurry?

3. How does Christopher compare his father's and mother's anger towards him?

4. What does Christopher tell Mr. Jeavons about Terry? And why is it significant that he reveals his conversation with Terry?

5. Why does Christopher not believe in the supernatural? Give one example of supernatural mysteries that he does not believe in.

6. How does Mrs. Shears behavior differ in Chapter 53 from her behavior the night that Wellington was killed (Chapter 5)?

7. Describe Christopher's favorite dream.

8. Describe The Case of the Cottingley Fairies.

9. Compare Christopher's behavior in the train station in Swindon to his behavior when he first goes down into the subway tunnel.

10. How is Christopher supposed to refer to the students at his school, and why is Christopher not supposed to refer to the children at his school as "stupid"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 103, is the conversation about Parky and the ancient circuits relevant to the story of Christopher and Wellington, or is it just a clever device to slip in the double-entendre about the sleeping dog? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

How is it that Christopher can look at the clouds and envision an alien spacecraft and other imaginary forms but is so totally closed off to the notion of anything that is not observable in the real universe? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Christopher has a hard time expressing his emotions in several situations in the book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. How does Christopher deal with his emotions? What statements does he make to reveal his emotions? How does he react to different emotional situations? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

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