The Long Walk 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. Who says, "We want to die, that's why we're doing it"?

2. How old is Stebbins?

3. Who tells Barkovitch that he's not a pest anymore, but a murderer?

4. How many boys are still on the Long Walk when Chapter 4 ends?

5. In Chapter 8, who describes the Long Walk as "the next thing to suicide"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Garraty think of Stebbins as the "lean Buddha"?

2. In Chapter 5, McVries believes he has discovered the secret to the race. What is it?

3. What begins with Davidson's story about the hoochie-kooch tent?

4. What is the half-track?

5. What causes the boys to collectively groan in Chapter 4 and why?

6. What happens to Curley in Chapter 2?

7. What happens to Percy's mother in Chapter 3?

8. What happened two years ago at the marker post that Olson points to?

9. What causes Garraty to almost lose it in Chapter 8, and how does McVries help him?

10. Why does Garraty receive a warning in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Good vs. evil is a theme in "The Long Walk". Most of the Walkers with the exception of Barkovitch are considered good. The soldiers and the Major are evil. Write about this aspect of the book. Is this solely affected by point of view or there other reasons that the soldiers are viewed as evil?

Essay Topic 2

The boys realize that there can only be one winner and that the sooner the others around them get their tickets, the sooner they can stop walking. Yet many of them continue to urge each other on, even though doing so extends their own suffering. Why do they do this?

Essay Topic 3

Garraty is drawn to Stebbins, whom he believes is a "Buddha" with the answers. In Chapter 10, Stebbins tells Garraty to talk to Olson. Garraty asks Stebbins, "Is it a very important lesson, would you say?" Garraty then goes to Olson to learn the secret. Discuss what lessons and secrets that Garraty hopes to learn and how this scene foreshadows Olson's death.

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