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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As Will walks across the room at the manor, he notices that what image is everywhere?
(a) The same symbol that is on his iron ornament.
(b) The white mare.
(c) The Rider's face.
(d) Snow.

2. What does the stranger ask Will at the blacksmith's hut?
(a) To come to the dark side.
(b) To leave this time and place.
(c) To ride with him.
(d) To give him the ornament.

3. What does Old George thrust into Will's hand on Christmas Eve?
(a) Holly, heavy berries.
(b) Coal.
(c) Coins.
(d) Nuggets.

4. After Will has the branch, who grabs him from behind and demands that he stop what he is doing?
(a) Merriman.
(b) The Lady.
(c) The Walker.
(d) Stephen.

5. According to James, girls have always been what since year one?
(a) Birds.
(b) Cats.
(c) Dogs.
(d) Rooks.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Will's family the morning of Midwinter Day?

2. According to Merriman, the next part of Will's quest depends on whom?

3. What does The Lady remind Will of when he sees her for the first time at the manor?

4. What time does Mrs. Stanton want them back from caroling on Christmas Eve?

5. What phrase does Mr. Dawson repeat to Will when Will visits him Midwinter's Eve?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the parallels between the Rider's black stallion and the white mare that Will commands?

2. What is the importance of the white mare appearing to Will in the woods?

3. What role does Huntercombe Lane play in the second section, Midwinter's Day, of the novel?

4. In what ways does the author imply that the iron ornament is important?

5. Why does Will use his powers to put the branch on fire?

6. How does Will try to warn Old George Dawson about Maggie being an agent of the Dark?

7. What is the importance of music in the Midwinter Day section of the novel?

8. How does the author demonstrate that something strange is happening to Will?

9. What does the Walker mean when he states, "It's so heavy...I've been carrying it for so long."

10. What role does Merriman play in Will's education?

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