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. Who does Hannay bump into?

2. The men get who with knowledge of the coast to answer questions?

3. The story concluded, Hannay relates that shortly thereafter what war began?

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

5. What does the Frenchman, Royer, believe about the best disguise?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How does Hannay find Walter Bullivant?

4. How are the military men convinced that Alloa is a spy?

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

6. What plan to stop the Germans do the military men have left?

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

8. How does Hannay end up being chased by the police? How does this chase end?

9. What happens after the explosion?

10. Now locked in a room and guarded, what does Hannay decide to do?

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

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

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?

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