The Humans: A Novel 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. Which college of Cambridge University does Andrew Martin teach at?

2. How does Daniel Russell greet the narrator?

3. What does the narrator say makes events important to people?

4. What breed is Andrew Martin’s dog?

5. What happens to the narrator after Daniel Russell slaps him on the back?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Andrew Martin characterize his discovery in the introduction the narrator reads?

2. What happens to the narrator for the first time in his life when Isobel gives him a sandwich?

3. How does the narrator characterize his relationship with Newton, the family dog?

4. How does the narrator explain the Riemann Hypothesis, and what does he say Andrew Martin discovered about it?

5. What does the narrator tell Newton?

6. What does the narrator like about Emily Dickinson’s poetry?

7. How is the narrator ultimately captured by the police?

8. Who are the narrator’s chief suspects for people who might know about Andrew Martin’s discovery?

9. What makes the narrator’s narrative so funny?

10. What is the narrator’s first experience of food and drink like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 2

What parts of The Humans are believable? How does Matt Haig get you to suspend your disbelief for the things that are not believable? How willing were you, to suspend your disbelief?

Essay Topic 3

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

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