The Rocking-Horse Winner 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 is Paul's uncle's name?

2. Where is Paul when he invites his uncle to do something?

3. What place does Paul's first bet take?

4. What does Paul invite his uncle to do?

5. What makes Mother such an unlikable character?

Short Essay Questions

1. What favor has Barrett been doing for Paul?

2. How does Oscar respond when he sees what Paul's first bet at the horse races is?

3. What does Paul tell Oscar about Barrett?

4. Who is Mother's most important servant, and why?

5. Why does Mother say she is so poor?

6. When does Barrett make his biggest bets?

7. How is Paul different from his siblings?

8. How do Paul's sisters feel when they watch him play with his favorite toy?

9. What is strange about Paul's first bet at the horse races?

10. How does Mother feel about her children?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are your feelings about luck after reading this story, and how did the importance placed on luck by the main characters in this book change that ideal?

Essay Topic 2

Fear is a common theme in this book that is presented a number of times by a number of characters. What are some of these instances, and how does fear affect the characters in the book?

Essay Topic 3

Despair was a theme that was placed in a number of sensitive places in this plot. What are some of these places, and what role did despair play in this book?

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