The Ocean at the End of the Lane Test | Final 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. What constellation do the hunger birds devour from the sky in Chapter 14?

2. About how far is the narrator’s home from the Hempstock farm?

3. What is in the center of the fairy circle?

4. How old is the narrator’s sister in Chapter 8?

5. How is the weather described in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lettie collect in an old shopping bag to take to the narrator’s house in Chapter 10?

2. What does Lettie bring when she finally arrives in Chapter 13?

3. How is the television set described in the narrator’s parents’ room?

4. Why does the narrator leave the lane and cut across the fields in Chapter 8?

5. What do the cleaners look like?

6. Why does Lettie say the narrator cannot stay in the ocean forever in Chapter 13?

7. What comes out at dusk when the narrator is in the fairy ring?

8. In Chapter 10, what does the narrator see outside the window when he wakes in the night?

9. What does the narrator have for breakfast at the Hempstock home in Chapter 10?

10. What suggestions are made for dealing with the narrator's parents before they arrive at the Hempstocks' home in Chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the narrator's experiences in the fairy ring in Chapter 12. Why does Lettie make him wait inside the ring? What attempts are made to lure him outside of the ring? Why does he ignore these attempts?

Essay Topic 2

What are some examples of foreshadowing used in the narrative? How does foreshadowing advance the plot? How does it increase tension in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the circumstances that lead to Lettie's disappearance in Chapter 14. Why did Lettie feel it was necessary to tackle the narrator? What would have happened to the narrator if Lettie hadn’t intervened? Where is Lettie taken by Ginnie?

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