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

2. What does the iron ornament do to Will's fingers?
(a) Numbs them.
(b) Burns them.
(c) Cuts them.
(d) Bruises them.

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

4. Why is Will disappointed about his birthday?
(a) Merriman didn't show up.
(b) His family didn't celebrate it.
(c) The Dark tainted it.
(d) He didn't get a present from Stephen.

5. What does Will notice is acting strangely toward him as he walks through the woods?
(a) The trees.
(b) The squirrels.
(c) The leaves.
(d) The birds.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beginning of the Midwinter Day section, what wakes up Will?

2. Who demands that Will show the first sign to him?

3. When Will goes through the doors, who does he find waiting for him along the fireplace inside the manor?

4. When James and Will return home from their walk, what does Will think is running out of his brother, James, like water?

5. What does Merriman tell Will are gateways through time?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is the Rider seeking Will?

6. What is odd about Hawkins?

7. What is the significance of the fat lady's comments about the weather?

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

9. Why are the tapestries important to Will?

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

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