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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. How old is Garraty?

2. Where does Davidson tell the others that he got drunk?

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

4. What is the third boy who gets shot wearing?

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 15, who is the Vegas favorite? What are his odds and why does it look like Vegas may be right?

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

4. When it becomes inevitable that Scramm will die, what do the other Walkers decide to do?

5. Describe what happens between Rank and Barkovitch.

6. Why does McVries pull Garraty away from his girlfriend?

7. What is the half-track?

8. Garraty was once frightened by a movie starting Robert Mitchum. What was the movie about and why is Garraty thinking about it?

9. What happens when the next to last Walker falls?

10. What happens after the remaining Walkers receive their last concentrates?

Essay 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

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 3

In Chapter 12, the reader finds out more about the reality that "The Long Walk" takes place when Stebbins says that the urge to do good is "when the old realities and moralities are starting to sink in. In the old days, before the Change and the Squads,...they used to set up foundations and build libraries..." Discuss what you believe led to the Change and the Squads and how life changed for people.

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