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 lands on the son's hand at the end of Chapter 4?

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

3. After leaving the supermarket, how does the son feel about following the father into the house?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Give an example of a game that the father and son play together.

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

4. Recall what question the son asks the father repeatedly and relate it to the father's coughing fits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

From the very beginning of The Road, the author does not give the father and son names, he gives them the generic labels of "the man or father" and "the boy or son."

Part 1) Why did the author choose not to give his characters names?

Part 2) How do the characters' basic names of "the man" and "the boy" affect the way the reader relates to them?

Part 3) How would the reader view the text if the characters had been given names?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the theme of repetition of problems and how it sets the tone for the book. How does the repetition of these problems create a bleak feeling throughout the book? How does this repetition help make their situation seem hopeless? Cite examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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