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Mid-Book 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. After leaving the first location visited in Chapter 1, the father and son reach a city -- why does the father presume there is no life there?

2. At the end of Chapter 8, what does the father cough up?

3. What does the son find in his pocket that the father and son share?

4. At the end of Chapter 10, what do the father and son find?

5. In Chapter 11, how would the father and son describe the dinner that they prepared?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the son is starting to behave in Chapter 41, citing examples from the text.

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

3. Describe three things that the father finds in Chapters 21-25 that he finds useful.

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

5. Give an example from Chapters 26-30 of where the author uses foreshadowing.

6. Analyze the son's reaction when, in Chapters 36-40, he realizes that the father is becoming more reliant on his opinion.

7. Describe how the author generates credibility to the father's paranoia about the world.

8. Explain why the father is so overprotective of the son.

9. Give an example that demonstrates the father's stubbornness and how he has somewhat lost touch with reality.

10. Explain what happens in Chapter 35 that finally makes the father realize that the son is growing up.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Although the landscape and destruction are mentioned, the author never explains what caused the devastation. Explore the cause of this devastation, refer to the clues that are provided to the reader.

• How does the landscape suggest an epidemic -- could it be environmental, caused by man through war, or both?

• Why is it difficult to truly assess the situation of the world, and how is the father an unreliable witness?

• How does not explaining the disaster add to the paranoia and confusion that the reader feels from the father?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the theme of overprotection in the book and how it pertains to the father and son's relationship. Is the father's overprotection justified or needless?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the use of foreshadowing in the novel and analyze how it affects the story. How has this technique affected the plot of the story? Cite examples from the text to support your argument.

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