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

2. Hannay drives where with Jopley?

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

4. Hannay continues his ruse until when?

5. Does the milkman agree to the handsome offer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What takes place at the train station?

2. Who is to be murdered? Why, when, and where is this person to be murdered?

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

4. What takes place in the inn prior to the arrival of the police?

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

6. How does Hannay come across Marmaduke Jopley?

7. What does Hannay realize about the situation?

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

9. What takes place between Jopley and Hannay?

10. What leads Hannay to an inn? How does Hannay play to the innkeeper's sensibilities?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of this book is significant.

Part 1) How is this title significant? When is it first realized it is important? How is its meaning revealed? What does this reinforce about Hannay?

Part 2) Why is this chosen as the title? Is this a good title? Why or why not?

Part 3) What would be another appropriate title for this book? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Chapter 6 is the lowest point to which Hannay falls.

Part 1) Describe this chapter. Why would one consider it the lowest point in Hannay's life in this story?

Part 2) How does this chapter affect the plot and the emotions felt by the reader?

Part 3) How does this low point also aid in the progression of the plot, as well as affect the emotions created through the end of the book?

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