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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After passing the stone wall, what do the father and son hear that makes them hide?
(a) Army trucks.
(b) Guns.
(c) Wild dogs.
(d) People.

2. At the first location in Chapter 1, what does the father try calling?
(a) His brother's house.
(b) His sister's house.
(c) His friend's house.
(d) His old house.

3. Why is the son becoming increasingly cold?
(a) It is windy.
(b) It is snowing.
(c) He has no coat.
(d) It is raining.

4. In Chapter 11, what do the father and son do before returning to the woods?
(a) They wash themselves.
(b) They rest.
(c) They talk about their journey so far.
(d) They sit and watch the birds.

5. After leaving the cart in a parking lot, where do the father and son walk to?
(a) A bridge.
(b) A waterfall.
(c) A park.
(d) A grocery store.

Short Answer Questions

1. Despite his son's protests, what does the father do to the son after the person approaches him in the inhabited village?

2. After the father and son make cakes, where do they sleep for the night?

3. What does the father remember about his own childhood?

4. The father and son come to a stone wall -- what is hanging from the wall?

5. What type of games do the father and son play?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the author's descriptions and use of language set the tone for the rest of the novel.

2. Analyze the son's dream about the toy penguin.

3. Describe how the author creates a sparse, bleak feeling at the beginning of the novel.

4. Describe what happens when the father and son arrive at the father's old house.

5. Explain what is revealed in Chapter 15 about the father's wife.

6. Recall an example from the first few chapters of the novel that demonstrates the son's concern with mortality.

7. Explain how the father demonstrates perseverance in Chapters 16 through 20.

8. Describe what the father makes for their feet in Chapter 20.

9. Describe how the son is more capable of surviving than his father.

10. Describe how food is constantly a struggle, comparing how the father and son manage their food.

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