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. What is the father doing at the beginning of Chapter 1?

2. What does the father wash out of the son's hair?

3. What do the father and son do when they reach the city?

4. As the son becomes even colder, what does he ask his father about again?

5. How does the son feel about how his father has treated the man who has collapsed on the road?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain how the father is failing his son.

3. Explain what the father says about the States road.

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

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

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

7. Explain what the father does in Chapters 11-15 that accentuates his paranoia, citing an example.

8. Recall a situation in the text that demonstrates how the son has becomes immune to the sight of death.

9. Give an example from Chapter 11 where the father demonstrates his love for his son.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The man and the boy isolate themselves in The Road by hiding in the woods, and they are constantly on the lookout for others while they travel. Analyze the theme of isolation in the novel, and explain how this isolation affects the son, citing examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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