The Rocking-Horse Winner 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 Paul bet on to make money?

2. How does Mother change at the end of the book?

3. How does Paul act during the big race?

4. How much money does Mother get on her birthday?

5. What does an inanimate object whisper to Paul?

Short Essay Questions

1. What initially worries Mother about Paul?

2. How does Paul learn about what happens at the Derby?

3. How does Paul respond when Mother tries to help him when she gets worried about him?

4. Why isn't Paul personally present at the Derby?

5. What does Paul get as a result of his mother's birthday present?

6. What is the first thing Mother does when she comes home from her party?

7. What does Oscar help Paul plan to do with his winnings from the races?

8. How does Paul choose the winners of the horse races?

9. What is Paul hoping to hear from the house after his mother gets her birthday present?

10. What does Mother get for her birthday?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What kind of addictions were presented in this book, and which had the biggest effects on the plot, and why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What role does symbolism play in the story and where does it appear? How is the plot altered by the presence of these symbols?

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