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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 first location visited in Chapter 1, the father and son reach a city -- why does the father presume there is no life there?

2. At the end of Chapter 8, what does the father cough up?

3. What does the son find in his pocket that the father and son share?

4. At the end of Chapter 10, what do the father and son find?

5. In Chapter 11, how would the father and son describe the dinner that they prepared?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the son is starting to behave in Chapter 41, citing examples from the text.

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

3. Describe three things that the father finds in Chapters 21-25 that he finds useful.

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

5. Give an example from Chapters 26-30 of where the author uses foreshadowing.

6. Analyze the son's reaction when, in Chapters 36-40, he realizes that the father is becoming more reliant on his opinion.

7. Describe how the author generates credibility to the father's paranoia about the world.

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

9. Give an example that demonstrates the father's stubbornness and how he has somewhat lost touch with reality.

10. Explain what happens in Chapter 35 that finally makes the father realize that the son is growing up.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The setting in The Road is vital to the whole tone of the story. Analyze the use of setting in The Road.

Part 1) How did Cormac McCarthy describe his setting?

Part 2) How is the setting almost considered a character in the story?

Part 3) Compare the setting of this novel to another novel -- was the setting simple or complex?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the symbol of innocence and how it pertains to the son in The Road. Why is the son's innocence so important to the father? Why wouldn't he rather have his son toughen up? Is the son's innocence a symbol of what has been lost in the world?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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