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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. Where is Will's bedroom located?
(a) In the attic.
(b) With one of his brothers.
(c) In a guestroom.
(d) In the basement.

2. When Will goes through the doors, who does he find waiting for him along the fireplace inside the manor?
(a) A young woman and a tall man.
(b) An elderly woman and a short man.
(c) An elderly woman and a tall man.
(d) A young woman and a short man.

3. What does the author mean when she writes, "He was crystal-clear awake, in a Midwinter Day that had been waiting for him to wake into it since the day he had been born..."?
(a) It means Will is meeting his true father.
(b) It means Will is a wizard.
(c) It means Will is escaping evil.
(d) It means Will is meeting his destiny.

4. What is unique about Will's iron ornament over the last two days since Midwinter's Eve?
(a) It has been covered in frost.
(b) It has changed colors.
(c) It has been warm for two days.
(d) It has been cold.

5. While Will eats breakfast with John Smith and Martha, what appears in the clearing?
(a) A white mare.
(b) Rooks.
(c) A donkey.
(d) A black stallion.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which character proclaims that the burden is "so heavy...And I've been carrying it for so long"?

2. What does the fat lady say to the conductor about the weather at the beginning of The Walker on the Way?

3. What does Will find odd about the iron ornament's surface?

4. What does Will want more than anything for his birthday?

5. What does the stranger ask Will at the blacksmith's hut?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Maggie claim the Walker stole the sign from her?

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

3. Why does Will's father state, "There's your ceremony, Will. Right on time"?

4. What ordinary Christmas decoration does Mr. Dawson persuade the Stantons to take with them?

5. What is the importance of the Rider asking Will to break bread with him?

6. In the opening chapter, Midwinter's Eve, how does the author use Mr. Dawson to foreshadow events that happen to Will later that night?

7. Why is the Rider seeking Will?

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

9. In what ways does Mr. Dawson provide clues to both Will and the reader that Will is more than he seems and that things are going to be different for Will?

10. What is unusual about Will and his siblings' visit to Miss Greythorne's manor for caroling?

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