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. Hannay cannot leave at the station, so he waits until the train starts up again, and then does what?

2. This organization also planned to intercept important military intelligence on the state of what?

3. Hannay soon has another visitor, this time _________ rough men who he guesses are members of Black Stone.

4. Hannay is _______ the sights, the restaurants, and the people.

5. There is also mention many times of an evil underground organization called what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Hannay end up feeling exposed in the middle of the country?

4. How does fortune smile upon Hannay?

5. Describe Hannay's travels up until he is taken in by a Scottish farmer.

6. What leads Hannay to realize the stolen police car is a liability?

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

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 takes place between Jopley and Hannay?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Richard Hannay is the protagonist.

Part 1) How is he the protagonist? What is known about this character? How does the author make him accessible to the reader?

Part 2) How can the reader relate to Hannay? How is he like any other ordinary man?

Part 4) How does Hannay evolve throughout the story? How does the reader's understanding and perception of him also change?

Essay Topic 2

Hannay is a Renaissance Man.

Part 1) What is a Renaissance Man? How is Hannay a Renaissance Man?

Part 2) How does this seemingly ordinary man become a Renaissance Man? What does this say about other ordinary men and women?

Part 3) Describe someone in your own life who is a Renaissance Man.

Essay Topic 3

The idea that good will conquer evil is a theme.

Part 1) How is this a theme? How is this first revealed? What is the connection between this theme and Hannay's good luck?

Part 2) Why might this theme be popular at the time this book was written? What purpose might this theme serve for the reader?

Part 3) How is this still a popular theme in books today? How is this a universal theme?

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