The Road Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

Examine the theme of hope throughout the novel: hope for a better world, hope that there are still good people out there. Give some examples from the text that demonstrate the father and son's hope. How is the story ended with a hint of hope? How can hope for a better tomorrow encourage someone through a hard time?

Essay Topic 2

The father always puts the son's needs before his own, as he wants so desperately for his son to have a better life. Examine the theme of love in the The Road.

Part 1) What does having unconditional love mean?

Part 2) How does his love for his son cause him to make rash decisions?

Part 3) Compare the father's love for his son to the son's love for his father.

Essay Topic 3

In The Road, the cities are deserted or destroyed, plant life is gone, animals have disappeared. Something catastrophic has happened to the world. Examine the conflict of Person vs. Nature, citing examples from the text that demonstrate how the characters are up against the forces of nature.

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