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. The father has a hard time remembering how to play the games -- what does he do?

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

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

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

5. What season is approaching that has the father worried?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain why it is difficult for the reader to truly assess how bad things are in the world.

5. Explain how the father is failing his son.

6. At the beginning of Chapter 11, describe where the father and son bathe and what they eat for dinner.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explore the theme of death in The Road. How are the father and son dealing with the thought of death? How does the son's view of death compare to the father's? Is the son naive about death?

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