The Thirty-Nine Steps Test | Final 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 does Hannay do to the man who yells, "Murderer?"

2. An upscale private beach known as what is a likely spot?

3. Armed with this fact, how does Hannay feel?

4. Hannay knows his cover will be blown when what happens?

5. After the drive, Bullivant urges Hannay to do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hannay come to know that the final destination of the Germans is along the east coast and has thirty-nine steps, perhaps leading to the beach?

2. How does Hannay get the old man to reveal that he is the enemy?

3. How are Hannay's suspicions roused at Bullivant's home?

4. What happens after the explosion?

5. How does Hannay end up in the hands of the enemy?

6. What takes place prior to Hannay posing as a fisherman?

7. How does Hannay regain his confidence and stop the Germans?

8. How does luck come Hannay's way early in this chapter?

9. Describe Hannay's journey to England, ending in Berkshire.

10. What happens when Hannay wakes up in the dovecot?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Symbolism is found in this story.

Part 1) Describe this symbolism. What is the purpose of each symbol?

Part 2) How are these symbols connected to the various characters and the plot? How do they help to reveal information to the reader?

Part 3) How do these symbols support the themes found in this book?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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