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 finding their destination, what does the father wish he had for their cart?

2. What happens to the son when the man reaches their hiding spot?

3. What does the father notice that makes him question whether he is a good father?

4. After coming to the roadblock, why do the father and son stop and stay for the night?

5. What do the father and son have to get through or it could mean their death?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain how the father demonstrates perseverance in Chapters 16 through 20.

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

6. Explain what the father says about the States road.

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

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

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

10. Recall from Chapter 5 what the father remembers his wife telling him about his son.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the theme of fear, particularly the father's fear of the boy growing up. Cite examples from the text that demonstrate the father's fears. Why is the father so fearful of the son growing up?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the theme of hope throughout the novel: hope for a better world, hope that there are still good people out there. Give some examples from the text that demonstrate the father and son's hope. How is the story ended with a hint of hope? How can hope for a better tomorrow encourage someone through a hard time?

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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