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. How are the father and son feeling when they leave the hidden cellar?

2. After passing the boys with the fire, the father and son think someone is following them so they decide to hide -- who do they see walk past?

3. What does the father wonder after seeing his son's reaction to finding the hidden cellar?

4. How does the father get the son to enter the nice house?

5. How does the son feel about his father going in the ocean?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the son begins questioning his father's judgment in Chapters 26-30.

2. In Chapter 30, describe how the son acts like a child for the first time.

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

4. Explain what happens in Chapter 35 that finally makes the father realize that the son is growing up.

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

6. Explain why the son returns to the fearful version of himself in Chapter 36, and use an example from the text.

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

8. Recall an example from Chapter 31 that demonstrates how the father is dealing with the son growing up.

9. Describe how the author generates credibility to the father's paranoia about the world.

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

The father insists that there are good and bad guys in the world, leading the reader to believe a "bad" group of people are responsible for the destruction. How are good people set apart from bad people in the story? What are the major characteristics that good people have that bad people don't? How does the father distinguish between the good and bad people?

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

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.

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