The Thirty-Nine Steps 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. As luck would have it, Hannay stumbles across a _________ road man, mending the road.

2. Hannay exits his flat and heads where?

3. At this point a final car passes him, and he recognizes the driver, a _______________ Hannay dislikes named Marmaduke Jopley.

4. The Germans would establish a naval blockade around what?

5. Are the Jew anarchists behind these schemes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the rough men leave?

2. How does Hannay react to Scudder's murder?

3. Describe Hannay's good luck in this chapter.

4. How does fortune smile upon Hannay?

5. What does Hannay think about as he speeds along in the stolen car? What does he realize about the conspiracy?

6. Who are the first few visitors Hannay has? How does he deal with these people?

7. How does Hannay feel about Scudder's story? How does this feeling change?

8. How does Hannay make himself to seem like a roadman?

9. What leads to Hannay telling a large crowd a fictitious story about Australian politics?

10. What is known about Richard Hannay at the beginning of the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are both spy and detective qualities in this book.

Part 1) Describe these qualities. How do these qualities affect the plot?

Part 2) How do these qualities keep the reader engaged and add intrigue and excitement to the story?

Part 3) How do these qualities help to make Hannay a true British hero?

Essay Topic 2

The Scottish people are viewed as Good Samaritans.

Part 1) Describe the scenarios in which they are seen in this way. What is the purpose of this?

Part 2) How do these Good Samaritans help Hannay and the "good guys" be victorious? How might this be significant, considering the time in which this book was written?

Part 3) Would someone write a book in which Americans were Good Samaritans? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Disguise is a theme in this story.

Part 1) How is this a theme? How does this affect the plot and the sense of mystery and drama?

Part 2) How does the use of disguise change throughout the book? What is the purpose of this?

Part 3) What does the use of disguises reveal about Hannay? How does this support the idea that Hannay is both an ordinary man and a hero?

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