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. 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. What does the father claim about his memory from his childhood?

3. What do the father and son find that they use to make cakes?

4. What covers the city that the father and son explore?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Give one example from Chapter 5 that demonstrates how the father is not functioning well psychologically.

5. Describe the father's belief in God.

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

7. Explain how the author's descriptions and use of language set the tone for the rest of the novel.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the theme of reliance in The Road.

Part 1) What does reliance mean? What are some examples of reliance from the book?

Part 2) What does the father rely on the son for?

Part 3) Discuss how reliance can be a good and bad thing.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the father's psychological state and how it pertains to the story. How does his mental state affect the decisions that he makes? Are these decisions helping or hurting himself and his son?

Essay Topic 3

The setting in The Road is vital to the whole tone of the story. Analyze the use of setting in The Road.

Part 1) How did Cormac McCarthy describe his setting?

Part 2) How is the setting almost considered a character in the story?

Part 3) Compare the setting of this novel to another novel -- was the setting simple or complex?

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