The Sheltering Sky 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. How are Kit and Port related?

2. What language do the servants at Port's hotel speak?

3. What type of car does Eric Lyle drive?

4. Which of the following items is NOT something Port demands from Kit upon returning home from his walk?

5. What does Tunner ask Kit to do with him while Port is missing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Tunner shows up at Kit's doorstep asking to take her on a walk?

2. What disturbing dream does Port have while napping in Oman?

3. How does Kit feel once she has been separated from Tunner in Ain Krofra?

4. Why does Port believe that Eric Lyle stole his passport?

5. What reason does Lieutenant D'Armagnac give about why a native probably did not steal his wallet?

6. What information does Port learn about Eric while having breakfast with Mrs. Lyle in Boussif?

7. How do Kit and Port react to seeing the sky for the first time while looking out over the precipice in Boussif?

8. How does Kit react when the Lyles invite her and Port to travel with them to Boussif?

9. How does Port describe Oran?

10. What small fight do Port and Kit get into while enjoying dinner at their hotel restaurant near the Lyle's?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the opening of the novel, Kit is practically housebound, refusing to leave the hotel in Africa. First, describe what led Kit to live a life consumed with such fear. Then, explain how over the course of the novel, Kit began to own her life again. Choose at least two scenes in the novel that you think demonstrate Kit's character growth and explain how these scenes let to her ultimate transformation at the end of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

While Kit is on the train to Boussif, she witnesses some very disturbing scenes. First, describe what images Kit saw while on the train to Boussif and how these images affected her. Then, explain when these images resurfaced in Kit's mind, and describe what these images symbolize to Kit in both scenes.

Essay Topic 3

Eric Lyle and his mother prove to be important catalysts propelling change in the characters of the novel. First, describe Eric Lyle and his mother. What aspects of their characters are called into question as the novel progresses? What is the true identity of Eric and Mrs. Lyle? How does the truth about their characters come to light?

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