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 type of formula does the narrator write?

2. In Chapter 89, what Joseph Conrad book does Siobhan tell the narrator about?

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

4. In Chapter 79, what is Father doing when the narrator returns home?

5. In Chapter 89, why does the narrator keep his eyes closed on his way to school on the third day?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Christopher's favorite dream.

2. According to the narrator, why are people different than animals? What example does Christopher give?

3. Describe Christopher's feelings towards his father and how he deals with his feelings in Chapter 233?

4. How did Christopher's "behavioral problems" impact the relationship between his parents?

5. What groundbreaking information does Christopher find out in the Chapter 149, and how does he learn this information?

6. Describe The Case of the Cottingley Fairies.

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

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

9. How does Christopher behave while in the subway tunnel?

10. What example does Christopher give of a mystery that is not a mystery? How is this mystery not a mystery? What technique does he use to diminish the mystery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several illustrations throughout the book. What roles do these illustration have in regards to the text in the novel? Why is it necessary for the author to include these illustrations? What do these illustrations say about the author? What do these illustrations say about Christopher? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Father tells Christopher that he killed Wellington because he was upset at Mrs. Shears and did not like the fact that she thought more of the dog then she did of him. Why does father take his anger out on the dog? Why does he not tell Mrs. Shears that he killed Wellington? Why does Father wait so long to tell Christopher that he is the dog's killer? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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