The Ghost Road 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 state of mind is Billy in when the novel opens?

2. What article of clothing does Billy show Cynthia?

3. Where does Elinor have a room?

4. Who does Billy run into prior to his medical exam?

5. Where do Elinor and Billy end up together in Part 1, Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Billy and Elinor are in bed, what does Billy struggle with?

2. Why is it ironic that Mitchell does not ask Billy about shell shock in front of the medical board?

3. Explain the speech impediment Dr. Rivers had as a youth and what caused it.

4. How does Dr. Rivers feel about Billy returning to war and why?

5. Explain Njiru's deformity and how he handles it.

6. Describe Billy's feelings for Sarah.

7. Describe the meeting between Elinor and Billy.

8. Explain the health problem Moffet suffers from.

9. On the steamer, what is Brennan's intent with Dr. Rivers and how does he go about it?

10. Describe the relationship between Dr. Rivers and Njiru.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Family influence is frequently referenced in The Ghost Road.

1) How does Billy's family influence his life? How does Sarah's family influence her? How does Dr. Rivers family influence him?

2) Are family's portrayed in a consistent fashion in The Ghost Road? If not, whose family is unique?

3) How does family affect the choices made by the characters in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

The church is referenced many times throughout The Ghost Road. Using the following questions, examine the role of the church in the novel.

1) How are church leaders portrayed in The Ghost Road? Church goers?

2) What is the role of the church in Billy's life?

3) What biblical or types of religious references appear in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the use of irony in The Ghost Road, citing additional examples from the text.

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