The Road Test | Final 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 does the father wonder after seeing his son's reaction to finding the hidden cellar?

2. What does the son think is inside the nice house?

3. Although they have no food and all they eat is snow, what does the father continue to tell the son?

4. Near the tool shed, the father uncovers a locked trap door to a hidden cellar -- how does the son react?

5. What does the father find in a gas station that helps him to know where they are?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe three things that the father finds in Chapters 21-25 that he finds useful.

2. Analyze how the son feels about he and his father's changing relationship in Chapter 40, citing an example from the text.

3. Describe how the father treats the old man that he and the son meet in Chapter 31.

4. Explain why the father gives the son a gun after they see the people walking towards the house.

5. Describe three things that the father and son find of use in Chapters 36-40.

6. Give an example from Chapters 21-25 that describes the son's naivety.

7. Explain what happens when the father and son find the old abandoned train -- analyze the father's actions.

8. Describe what things the father and son find while at the beach in Chapter 40.

9. Describe one example from Chapters 36-40 that demonstrates how the father is becoming more reliant on the son's opinion.

10. Give an example from Chapters 21-25 that shows the father's mistrust.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the use of foreshadowing in the novel and analyze how it affects the story. How has this technique affected the plot of the story? Cite examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the theme of extinction or "the end of the world." How has near extinction caused humans to act in The Road? Would people really react this way? What are signs that the earth has been mistreated? Are there any signs that the earth is healing itself?

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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