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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. What time does Garraty's watch say when the Major begins the competition?

2. What was the profession of Baker's uncle?

3. Who gets his ticket after stopping with the girls by the MG?

4. In Chapter 2, who says, "I have no idea what I'll want if I do win this"?

5. "Conserve energy whenever possible" is which hint?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Barkovitch respond to Garraty's proposal in Chapter 12?

3. What does Harkness want to do when the Long Walk ends?

4. Why does Stebbins know so much about the Long Walk?

5. How does Abraham's life end?

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

7. Explain Parker's analogy about crackers and how they compare to the Walkers.

8. What does McVries do to try to keep Garraty from obsessing over the time?

9. What happened to Baker's brother?

10. What is Pearson's plan for when he feels like he can't go on and why won't it work, according to Garraty?

Essay 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

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

In the first two chapters, Garraty meets and makes a connection with other Walkers. He later says it was probably a mistake to have done so. Why?

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