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. Why is Hannay worried about a monoplane flying overhead?

2. What do the rough men ask Hannay?

3. What does Hannay convince Jopley to do?

4. Why does Hannay plan to double-back on his tracks?

5. Much of what Scudder told him was what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Hannay come to meet Scudder?

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

7. What takes place at the train station?

8. Upon what plan did Scudder stumble?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A relationship is quickly established between the reader and Hannay.

Part 1) Describe this relationship. How is it quickly developed? How does this keep the reader engaged?

Part 2) What literary devices are used to create this relationship, as well as deepen it?

Part 3) How do you feel about Hannay by the end of the book? Why?

Essay Topic 2

There are comical moments in this story.

Part 1) Describe these moments. What purpose do these moments serve?

Part 2) Why is comedy used repeatedly throughout this book? How does it add contrast in emotions, felt by both the characters in the book and the reader?

Part 3) How does this comedy help keep the reader engaged? How would you feel if the comedic moments did not exist? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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