The Third Policeman 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 so thin on the spear that it is invisible?

2. What does Pluck say bicycles are made from?

3. What is transferred to a human when he or she rides a bike?

4. Why does MacCruiskeen think the narrator is strange?

5. Who does the stranger introduce himself as?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator describe the boxes MacCruiskeen shows him?

2. What does the narrator see outside of Mathers' house?

3. What does Pluck say humans do when they turn into bicycles?

4. What does de Selby believe about the shape of the world?

5. Where does Pluck find the bicycle and all its parts?

6. How does the narrator arrive back at the beginning of the story?

7. What does de Selby say about movement?

8. How does the narrator describe the police barracks?

9. What does Pluck say about the figures he looks over with MacCruiskeen?

10. Why do the policeman consent to show the narrator what their figures mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aside from the main character, examine the way the author uses the other characters in the book. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss elements of the narrative structure: Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's themes?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the author's writing style. How would you describe the author's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? What meaning does the author's style give to the story?

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