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

2. When Will meets the Walker, what does he demand that the Walker give to him?

3. Why does Will silently rejoice as he takes in the snow-covered landscape?

4. What song do Will, James, and his siblings carol for the Rector?

5. According to Merriman, how long ago did the kings of England preserve the forests that the Dark inhabit?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the tapestries important to Will?

2. Why is Merriman disgusted that Will calls the road he was on "Tramp's Alley"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does the animals' behavior foreshadow what happens to the tramp in the woods?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does The Dark is Rising fulfill the genre requirements of a fantasy novel?

Essay Topic 2

The Signs are instrumental to Will's mission and to the Old Ones' attempt to keep the Dark from rising. Define the importance of each sign's origins (wood, iron, bronze, fire, etc.) and their elemental significance.

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the use of musical references throughout the book?

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