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. What phrase does Mr. Dawson repeat to Will when Will visits him Midwinter's Eve?

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

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

4. Who tells Will that the tramp stole something from them?

5. What does Merriman do for the Walker?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is odd about Hawkins?

4. Why is the Rider seeking Will?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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

What is the role of Miss Greythorne in the story? Compare her role to that of the Lady.

Essay Topic 3

How is the symbolism of the Light and the Dark portrayed throughout the novel, The Dark is Rising?

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