The Shadow of the Wind Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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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. Where does Daniel go in the beginning of City of Shadows Chapter 17?

2. What excuse does Bea use to see Daniel in City of Shadows Chapter 26?

3. Who was Penélope supposed to meet at the train station?

4. Where does Daniel's father work?

5. What does Daniel promise the old man who tells him where the person he's looking for is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Nuria Monfort.

2. Why does Daniel wake up screaming at the beginning of the book?

3. What does the neighboring caretaker tell Daniel about the Aldayas' house in City of Shadows Chapter 17?

4. What happens on Daniel's 16th birthday?

5. What does Fermín discover about the post office box that was getting mail for Julián's mother?

6. What does Clara tell Daniel about Julián Carax's books in Days of Ashes Chapter 4?

7. How was Clara Barcelo introduced to the works of Julián Carax?

8. Describe Gustavo Barcelo.

9. Who does Father Fernando think is destroying Julián's books?

10. Why does Nuria think someone wants to destroy Julián's books?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shadows are an important symbol in the novel. What do the shadows in the book represent? How do shadows and the things they represent play a role in the story?

Essay Topic 2

The title of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's book, The Shadow of the Wind, is the same as the title of Julián Carax's book that is the center of the storyline. What is the relevance of the books having the same title? Do you think it is appropriate that the two stories share a title? Why?

Essay Topic 3

When Daniel and Fermín first meet, they are extremely different from each other. After Daniel brings Fermín to work at the bookshop, the two become fast friends. Compare and contrast Daniel and Fermín. For example, how are their priorities different? How are their backgrounds different? How do they each approach life?

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