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. Why is the son becoming increasingly cold?

2. Upon reaching the road, what does the father say about States?

3. How does the son feel about how his father has treated the man who has collapsed on the road?

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

5. The father wakes from a dream and claims dreaming is not good -- what was he dreaming about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe how the son is more capable of surviving than his father.

4. Describe the father's belief in God.

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

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

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

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

9. Explain what is revealed in Chapter 15 about the father's wife.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze the theme of extinction or "the end of the world." How has near extinction caused humans to act in The Road? Would people really react this way? What are signs that the earth has been mistreated? Are there any signs that the earth is healing itself?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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