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. "Conserve energy whenever possible" is which hint?

2. Who was placed in a police cruiser in Chapter 4?

3. What is compared to old silk in Chapter 1?

4. Why was everyone disappointed with Caribou in Chapter 4?

5. Which Walker is from Washington, D.C.?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe McVries' breakdown in Chapter 6.

2. What greets the Walkers when they walk into Caribou city limits?

3. What happens with Hint 10 in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

7. Describe Garraty's hometown.

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

9. Describe Limestone.

10. Garraty feels a superior gratification in Chapter 6. Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Garraty observes a family having a picnic on the side of the road and calls them freaks for eating and watching as starving boys pass them by. Later, Stebbins refers to the Long Walk as the national pastime. Why do you think people line up to watch boys die?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

When it looks like Harkness is going to get his ticket, Garraty realizes logically that that will help him. What does he mean when he thinks, "But something went deeper, a truer, more frightening logic. Harkness was a part of the group that Garraty was a part of, a segment of his subclan."

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