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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. After Harkness receives his ticket, what gas station do the Walkers approach?
2. What town is mentioned in Chapter 2 as seven miles away?
3. What embarrasses Number 31 in Chapter 2?
4. Who is responsible for the sign that the Walkers see that supports Garraty in Chapter 5?
5. In Chapter 1, what is the skinny blond boy in the tree eating?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Limestone.
2. Why does Garraty think of Stebbins as the "lean Buddha"?
3. What happened two years ago at the marker post that Olson points to?
4. Describe the boy in the pine tree in Chapter 1.
5. Describe what happens between Rank and Barkovitch.
6. How does McVries end up with a scar on his face?
7. Garraty wants to know why there aren't more people watching the Long Walk in Chapter 8. Who explains why and what is the explanation?
8. What is the half-track?
9. What causes Garraty to almost lose it in Chapter 8, and how does McVries help him?
10. Garraty begins half-dozing while walking after leaving Caribou. What images go through his mind?
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
In Chapter 3, McVries notes the passing of their first cemetery, "our first boneyard." At this point, death is not something the boys can ignore anymore. Many realize that they will most likely die before this is all over because their can only be one winner. Explain how attitudes and expectations about death change during "The Long Walk".
Essay Topic 3
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?
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