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 describes Barkovitch as "He's just walkin' to see other people die"?

2. Which number is the first to receive a ticket?

3. In Chapter 5, how many miles does Olson announce is it to Oldtown?

4. How long has it been since Garraty has seen his father?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is number 45, and what happens to him?

3. What happens with Hint 10 in Chapter 3?

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

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

6. 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?

7. Describe what happens between Rank and Barkovitch.

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

9. What happens to Walker number 9?

10. Who are the first spectators that the Walkers see soon after 5 a.m. in Chapter 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

McVries asks the question, "Who's in the cage. Us or them?" in Chapter 14. Discuss what he means and answer his question, in your opinion. Support your answer with references from the text.

Essay Topic 2

As Garraty becomes more tired, he begins thinking of Jan more as "the best thing he had every known" and about their first real kiss. Discuss how memories and images of her keep him walking.

Essay Topic 3

The author provides hints about the prize throughout the book. Scramm tells Garraty that most of the boys didn't "get into this thinking of winning the Prize" and implies that this is why they won't win. Later, Pearson indicates the Prize is having his heart's desire, but right now he would rather have his life. Discuss the significance of the Prize in the motivation of the characters.

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