The Dark Is Rising 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. How does the blacksmith stop Will from taking the stranger's food offering?

2. Why doesn't Will go near the family's two dogs?

3. What is unique about Will's iron ornament over the last two days since Midwinter's Eve?

4. When taking his shortcut home, what does Will do to the branch lying on the ground?

5. Who is snoring from the other bed when Will wakes up?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. What does the Lady mean when she says, "'Break the power of the cold. Stop the snow and cold and frost. Release this country from the hold of the Dark. All with the next of the circle, the Sign of Fire'"?

5. How does Hawkin trick Will to allow the Dark into the manor?

6. What significant acts occur during the late night of Christmas Day?

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

8. Why is the Rider unable to take the Walker and Will?

9. What is the importance of the words of the carol that Merriman sings during Will and his family's caroling?

10. Who is Mr. Mitothin, and who is he really?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which characters stand in direct opposition to Will's goals, and how does he navigate the pitfalls and tricks set up to make him fail?

Essay Topic 2

The Herne Hunt and the Wren are ancient legends that are incorporated into the Dark is Rising text. How are these two tales important to the overall plot?

Essay Topic 3

Explain why Hawkin's betrayal is justified or not justified. Does he receive proper justice in the end? Be sure to include some of his dialogue from the novel that supports your position.

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