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. Just when the father is thinking of leaving the cart he sees their destination -- what does he name it?

2. After the confrontation with the man who found their hiding spot, where do the father and son stay for the night?

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

4. While walking through an inhabited town, what are the father and son desperate for?

5. What are the father and son trying so hard to find at the supermarket?

Short Essay Questions

1. Recall an example from the first few chapters of the novel that demonstrates the son's concern with mortality.

2. After traveling through the mountains, explain how the father knows he and his son have reached their destination.

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

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

5. 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.

6. Recall a situation in the text that demonstrates how the son has becomes immune to the sight of death.

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

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

9. Explain how the father is failing his son.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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.

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