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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. To Will, the red-haired man in the dark robes who is seated on his black stallion looks like what?
(a) A rook.
(b) Danger.
(c) A statue.
(d) A dark cloud.

2. When taking his shortcut home, what does Will do to the branch lying on the ground?
(a) Picks it up.
(b) Breaks it.
(c) Steps on it.
(d) Sets is ablaze.

3. In the opening scene of Part One, what does James proclaim there are too many of?
(a) Bedrooms.
(b) Kids.
(c) Dogs.
(d) Presents.

4. Who owns Huntercombe Manor?
(a) Miss Greythorne.
(b) Miss Huntercombe.
(c) Mrs. Grey.
(d) Mrs. Merriman.

5. Why does Will silently rejoice as he takes in the snow-covered landscape?
(a) Because he was happy to be alive.
(b) Because he wanted to have a snowball fight with his brothers.
(c) Because he wanted to sleep in.
(d) Because he wanted the snow to fall.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Robin describe Will at eleven-years-old?

2. Where do Will, James, Mr. Stanton, and Max go on Christmas Eve morning?

3. What does Merriman do for the Walker?

4. While Will eats breakfast with John Smith and Martha, what appears in the clearing?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the end results of Will's actions at the manor?

4. How does Will demonstrate his immaturity when the Dark begins to rise?

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

6. Why does Maggie place the Walker out of time?

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

8. What affect does the Lady have on Will's emotions and behavior?

9. Why is the Rider seeking Will?

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

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