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 does the father do when one of the men they are spying on walks toward their hiding place?

2. The son asks the father if they are going to die -- what is the father's reply?

3. 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?

4. As the father and son continue their journey, why is it getting so difficult to push the cart?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Recall examples from Chapters 1-5 that demonstrate how the father tries to protect the son, and how the son tries to protect the father.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although the landscape and destruction are mentioned, the author never explains what caused the devastation. Explore the cause of this devastation, refer to the clues that are provided to the reader.

• How does the landscape suggest an epidemic -- could it be environmental, caused by man through war, or both?

• Why is it difficult to truly assess the situation of the world, and how is the father an unreliable witness?

• How does not explaining the disaster add to the paranoia and confusion that the reader feels from the father?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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