The Dark Is Rising Test | Final 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 George, where must the white horse go?

2. Whose room does Will sleep in on Christmas Eve?

3. What does Mr. Stanton give Will's mother for Christmas?

4. What is used in the package to cushion the present?

5. Who orders that Merriman should be made?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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'"?

2. Why is the rain significant to the villagers and to Will?

3. What is the significance of the ancient legend of Herne the Hunter?

4. What does Will do with the third sign when he gets home?

5. Why is Mary's kidnapping a test for Will?

6. For Will, what does the music that Paul plays on the flute mean?

7. Why is Will able to reconcile his old self with his Old One self after he returns home?

8. What does Will's time with the book of Gramayre feel like?

9. Why does Will feel torn during the Joining of the Signs section?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the protagonist's main goal throughout the Dark is Rising, and how does he fulfill his mission? What obstacles does Will face in reaching his goals?

Essay Topic 2

What are the roles of the white mare in the Hunt and in the overall battle of the Light against the Dark?

Essay Topic 3

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

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