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

2. The father and son eventually find somewhere dry to sleep in the woods, but what wakes them up in the middle of the night and causes them to run?

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

4. What does the father tell the son has happened to the man who collapses in the road?

5. Along the road, the father and son come upon a man -- what is wrong with the man?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how food is constantly a struggle, comparing how the father and son manage their food.

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

3. 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.

4. Explain how the father is failing his son.

5. Describe a recurring theme throughout Chapters 16 through 20.

6. Analyze the son's dream about the toy penguin.

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

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

9. Describe the father's belief in God.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the theme of repetition of problems and how it sets the tone for the book. How does the repetition of these problems create a bleak feeling throughout the book? How does this repetition help make their situation seem hopeless? Cite examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the theme of reliance in The Road.

Part 1) What does reliance mean? What are some examples of reliance from the book?

Part 2) What does the father rely on the son for?

Part 3) Discuss how reliance can be a good and bad thing.

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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