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

2. What are the father and son running out of as they travel?

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

4. What house do the father and son go to after leaving the supermarket?

5. The father and son come to a stone wall -- what is hanging from the wall?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Explain how the father is failing his son.

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

7. Describe what happens when the father and son arrive at the father's old house.

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

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

10. Recall examples from Chapters 1-5 that demonstrate how the father tries to protect the son, and how the son tries to protect the father.

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 father always puts the son's needs before his own, as he wants so desperately for his son to have a better life. Examine the theme of love in the The Road.

Part 1) What does having unconditional love mean?

Part 2) How does his love for his son cause him to make rash decisions?

Part 3) Compare the father's love for his son to the son's love for his father.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the use of description in The Road. Discuss how the author uses narration, dialogue, and imagery to bring his novel to life, citing examples from the text. Compare the description in this novel to another novel the class has read.

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