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

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.

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

Analyze the theme of fear, particularly the father's fear of the boy growing up. Cite examples from the text that demonstrate the father's fears. Why is the father so fearful of the son growing up?

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