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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. While walking through an inhabited town, what are the father and son desperate for?

2. In Chapter 11, what do the father and son do before returning to the woods?

3. What does the father remember about his own childhood?

4. The day after the father and son make cakes, who approaches the son?

5. When did the father's wife shoot herself?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain why the son returns to the fearful version of himself in Chapter 36, and use an example from the text.

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

4. Describe the father's belief in God.

5. Describe how food is constantly a struggle, comparing how the father and son manage their food.

6. In Chapter 26, describe the son's reaction when the father loses their lighter and cannot make a fire.

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

8. Explain why the father gives the son a gun after they see the people walking towards the house.

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

10. Recall how the father displays his paranoid attitude again while he and the son are staying in the hidden cellar.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the use of foreshadowing in the novel and analyze how it affects the story. How has this technique affected the plot of the story? Cite examples from the text to support your argument.

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

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?

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