The Da Vinci Code 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. Sophie tells Langdon that her grandfather had taught her about what?

2. What happened to Silas' mother?

3. Sophie gives Langdon a slip of paper with a phone number and what on it?

4. The last line of Jacques' note says to find what?

5. What item does Silas take out of his dresser at the brownstone?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Langdon's reaction to the murder, up to the end of Chapter 5?

2. What are your views on religion, especially as it relates to Silas so far in the story?

3. How does the relationship between Langdon and Sophie change, in Chapters 79 through 84, and what events are foreshadowed that may cause them to have conflicting views?

4. What does Langdon think about the nature of Da Vinci's work?

5. What sort of background information does Langdon give on Da Vinci in this section of the book?

6. What is the cryptex and how is it discovered?

7. What roles do suspense and secrets play in Chapters 22 to 24?

8. How does the point of view change in Chapter 83, and what new insights does it give?

9. Why is the opening of the book so suspenseful?

10. What are Silas' motivations, based on his actions in the first couple of chapters?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Leigh Teabing, it is revealed late in the book, is the actual Teacher. What are Teabing's motivations? Also, was there a point, before the secret was revealed, that you suspected Teabing of being the Teacher? Why or why not? Also, if so, what was the first thing that made you suspect him?

Essay Topic 2

All of the major conflicts in the book stem from one thing--concealed religious secrets. Catholicism has a long, rich history, but it hasn't always been in a positive light.

Part 1. List at least three of the negative implications made about Catholicism in the book.

Part 2. Based on what you know about Catholicism, do you believe that many of the things said about it in the book are true? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The author, Dan Brown, uses plot twists quite often in the book. Describe, in detail, your favorite plot twist. Why was it your favorite? What new information did it provide? What old information did it nullify? Also, how different do you feel the book would have been, had that plot twist not existed?

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