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 emotion describes how Will is feeling when he wakes on Midwinter Day?

2. How does the blacksmith stop Will from taking the stranger's food offering?

3. What does Will pin over the door on Christmas Eve?

4. What kind of Old One is Will, according to the Walker?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the Walker mean when he states, "It's so heavy...I've been carrying it for so long."

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

5. What is the importance of the third sign?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the Book of Gramayre teaches Will what he needs to know, and how this book acts in concert with other events that have occurred during Will's experiences with the Old Ones.

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

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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