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 city, what direction do the father and son head?

2. In the morning after finding the city, why does the father step away from the son before he wakes?

3. What do the father and son do after their discovery in the trailer?

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

5. After leaving the woods, the father and son come to a road -- what does the father call this road?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain how the father is failing his son.

3. Describe a recurring theme throughout Chapters 16 through 20.

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

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

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

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

8. At the beginning of Chapter 11, describe where the father and son bathe and what they eat for dinner.

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

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

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

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 3

Describe the theme of survival, citing examples from the text of the different types of survival. Who is more disposed to surviving against the elements -- the father or the son? What motivates the father to survive versus the son

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