The Narrow Road to the Deep North Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard Flanagan
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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. Why is Darky Gardiner beaten by the POW guard in the beginning of Section 3, Chapter 4?

2. Why is Sergeant Darky Gardiner's group of machine gunners stranded when Dorrigo encounters them in Section 1, Chapter 12?

3. Where does Amy get scratched while at the beach in Section 2, Chapter 17?

4. What gift does Dorrigo recall giving to Amy before he departed in Section 3, Chapter 6?

5. What does Rabbit trade one of his duck eggs to Darky for in Section 3, Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What internal conflicts does Dorrigo face in Section 2, Chapter 5?

2. What is Dorrigo's familial relationship with Keith and Amy Mulvaney?

3. What is the "Book of Souls" that is mentioned in The Narrow Road to the Deep North?

4. What does the reader learn about Dorrigo's later life in Section 2, Chapter 5?

5. In Section 2, Colonel Kota pulls Nakamura close and utters a few choked words, including “men” and “love.” Kota then “hoped he had been misunderstood.” What has been shared in this exchange?

6. How has Darky Gardiner come into possession of a duck egg in Section 3, Chapter 1?

7. What do Dorrigo and his men do while awaiting orders in Section 1, Chapter 13?

8. How would you describe the setting where Dorrigo grows up?

9. How does Amy describe the beginning of her relationship with Keith in Section 2, Chapter 20?

10. What personality trait stands out the most in Dorrigo's character from the beginning of the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the setting of the POW camp in Siam where Dorrigo and his men are imprisoned during World War II. How many prisoners are held at the camp? What are the conditions like for the prisoners? What is the historical significance of this camp?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the characters of Major Nakamura and Colonel Kota in the novel. How are Kota and Nakamura similar? How are they different? What are the overall objectives of each of these characters?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Amy and Ella in the novel. How are Amy and Ella different? How are they similar? What attracts Dorrigo to each of these women?

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