The Door in the Wall Test | Final Test - Hard

Marguerite De Angeli
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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 helps pass the time, for Robin, on the long journey to his father?

2. What does Robin say about the students in town?

3. Who does Robin see when he reaches the town in Section 9?

4. What does Robin’s father say about his disability at the end of the novel?

5. What assignment is Robin given during the attack in Section 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the woods where Robin’s group eats, and the cabin where they sleep the night before they enter Lindsay.

2. Does Robin’s father mind his disability? What does he say about it? What news does his mother have that cheers Robin? What does Brother Luke mean when he says Robin has found the door in the wall?

3. How are Robin and John-go-in-the-Wynd greeted on their arrival back into the castle in Section 10? What is given to John, and how does Brother Luke reward him?

4. What possible enemies does the castle face, and how could they breech the defenses, according to John-go-in-the-Wynd and Adam? What tactics could enemies use?

5. Describe Robin’s plan for his escape to find help for the castle. How will he leave, what will he do if caught, and who will he seek for aid?

6. Describe Robin’s swim across the river in Section 9. What drives him to keep going, and what challenges his ambitions?

7. Describe what Robin sees in the snow on Christmas Eve, coming down the road. What is the significance to Robin?

8. Describe what Robin sees, once the strike on the Welsh has begun, and after its success.

9. Describe the fair Robin and his caretakers attend. What activities are there, and what does Robin see that amuses him?

10. Describe Robin’s encounter with the Welsh soldiers. What happened, and how did he escape?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sounds play an important role in the novel, from the church bells Robin uses to gauge time to the sounds of the monk footfalls outside his door to the role of the harp John-go-in-the-Wynd by the end of the novel. Discuss, in depth, why you think the author used sound so much in the novel. What do the sounds mean to Robin? To John and Brother Luke? What does the author convey by using the sounds Robin hears to set scenes?

Essay Topic 2

Religion plays a powerful role in the novel for Brother Luke. Explain why his religion is so important. How does he convey his love and loyalty to God? How does he convey to Robin the need to pray, and to be thankful to God for blessings? Why is religion and the role of the monks important in the novel to others in London?

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of important themes in the novel, including self-esteem, learning to overcome obstacles, courage, kindness, and many others. Choose at least two themes in the novel, and explain their use throughout the story. How does the author incorporate these themes, and why do you think they are important?

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