The Road Test | 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. The father and son eventually find somewhere dry to sleep in the woods, but what wakes them up in the middle of the night and causes them to run?

2. What are the father and son trying so hard to find at the supermarket?

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

4. After coming to the roadblock, why do the father and son stop and stay for the night?

5. The night after the incident with the man on the road, the father has a dream -- what does he dream about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. At the beginning of Chapter 11, describe where the father and son bathe and what they eat for dinner.

3. Explain why it is difficult for the reader to truly assess how bad things are in the world.

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

5. Explain what happens in Chapter 16 when a little boy comes up to the son.

6. Recall from Chapter 5 what the father remembers his wife telling him about his son.

7. Describe how the father restricts the son from his humanitarian instincts.

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

9. Recall what question the son asks the father repeatedly and relate it to the father's coughing fits.

10. Describe the father's belief in God.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the use of description in The Road. Discuss how the author uses narration, dialogue, and imagery to bring his novel to life, citing examples from the text. Compare the description in this novel to another novel the class has read.

Essay Topic 2

From the very beginning of The Road, the author does not give the father and son names, he gives them the generic labels of "the man or father" and "the boy or son."

Part 1) Why did the author choose not to give his characters names?

Part 2) How do the characters' basic names of "the man" and "the boy" affect the way the reader relates to them?

Part 3) How would the reader view the text if the characters had been given names?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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