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. Two days after his birthday, how does Will's relationship with the animals change?

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

3. As Will walks across the room at the manor, he notices that what image is everywhere?

4. On Christmas Eve, what emotion is running through the Stanton family?

5. Where is Will's bedroom located?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the tapestries important to Will?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the importance of music in the Midwinter Day section of the novel?

10. Why is the Rider seeking Will?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is the act of catching someone out of time symbolic of being out of the loop or being frozen, suspended in time? Why is this power useful to Will and the Old Ones?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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