The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the narrator say you can join Orion to bits of Lepus, Taurus, or Gemini?

2. Approximately, how long does the narrator spend on the bench at the subway station in Chapter 227?

3. What is in the Smarties box?

4. Why does Mother lose her job?

5. Why did Father kill the dog?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Death is a theme in the book with Christopher believing that his mother is dead and discovering a dead Wellington on the lawn. However, it is through Wellington's death that Christopher discovers his mother is alive. Why do you think Christopher's father told Christopher that his mother was dead? Why would he create the story about Mother dying at the hospital? Did Father's action symbolize his burying of his relationship with mother? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Why does Christopher not tell Father that he knows about Mother leaving with Mr. Shears? Why does Christopher not tell his Father that he has written about this in his novel? Why does Christopher not tell his father that he has found Mother's letters? Does he think father will be upset that Christopher knows this information? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

How does the author use foreshadowing in the novel? What is his purpose for using foreshadowing? Why is it necessary to use foreshadowing in a mystery? Please use examples from the book to support your answer.

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