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. How is the weather when the father and son reach the city?

2. After finding the items from the cart, what does the boy have a bad dream about?

3. What does the father claim could happen to himself and his son if they get wet?

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

5. What do the father and son discover in a doorway?

Short Essay Questions

1. After traveling through the mountains, explain how the father knows he and his son have reached their destination.

2. Analyze the son's dream about the toy penguin.

3. Describe what the father makes for their feet in Chapter 20.

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

5. Describe two things that the father and son see along their journey in Chapters 16 through 20.

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

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

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

9. Describe the father's belief in God.

10. Describe how the author creates a sparse, bleak feeling at the beginning of the novel.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

Examine the theme of hope throughout the novel: hope for a better world, hope that there are still good people out there. Give some examples from the text that demonstrate the father and son's hope. How is the story ended with a hint of hope? How can hope for a better tomorrow encourage someone through a hard time?

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