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. How did Julián end up at San Gabriel's School?

2. What object does Daniel desire in Days of Ashes Chapter 5?

3. What candy does Fermín always have on hand?

4. Who says, "I believe that nothing happens by chance. Deep down, things have their secret plan, even though we don't understand it."

5. Who does Daniel see standing outside his window?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Santa Lucia Hospice.

2. What does the newspaper's headline imply in City of Shadows Chapter 40?

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

4. What did the newspapers publish about Fumero's death?

5. Describe The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

6. How does Daniel feel about his choice of The Shadow of the Wind?

7. What happens to Don Federico in City of Shadows Chapter 18?

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

9. How does Daniel know Julián was in his room at the hospital?

10. How does Nuria meet Julián?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Shadow of the Wind is a coming-of-age story for Daniel. Describe how Daniel changes throughout the story - from when the reader is first introduced to him at age 10, to Daniel's 16th birthday, to his marriage and fatherhood at the end of the novel. Use specific references and quotes from the story in your answer.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 5, Daniel says, "Childhood devotions make unfaithful and fickle lovers..." What does he mean by this? What are Daniel's childhood devotions that looking back he sees fit into this statement? What are your childhood devotions that might fit with this statement? Describe how both Daniel's and your childhood devotions make this statement true or false.

Essay Topic 3

The author, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, uses foreshadowing to help the reader predict. Highlight at least three instances of foreshadowing and how those instances work to help the reader figure out future events and outcomes in the story.

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