The Underground Man Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Mick Jackson
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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 is the Duke's former gardener?

2. What does the Duke think the soap bubbles in the sink look like?

3. What is unique about this job from Mr. Bird's standpoint?

4. What does the Duke use the tunnel for initially?

5. What does Mr. Bird draw on to provide the Duke with the necessary information for his completed job?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does it seem that Mr. Bird does not mind the Duke's eccentricities?

2. How is the map that Mr. Bird gives the Duke Flawed?

3. What does the Duke feel as he walks through the tunnel system?

4. What is the significance of reading Mr. Bird's point of view within the Duke's journal?

5. How does the Duke get around in his underground tunnel system?

6. What does the Duke think about when reminiscing about Fanny Adelaide?

7. Why is the Duke so horrified by Mr. Snow's appearance?

8. What does the Duke say about his grooming regime?

9. What thoughts does the memory of a dead sparrow bring to the Duke?

10. How is the Duke's imagination revealed with the soap bubbles in the laundry room sink?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the significance of the Duke's discussion of going bald? This discussion is directly related to the theme of death. Explore how this discussion fits into this theme and offer suggestions for why the author chose this as one way to represent the theme of death.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the story the Duke has a number of interactions with others. One interaction in particular is the with two young boys he meets on the street. Explore this interaction, discuss the significance of this meeting, including why the Duke chose to engage the boys in conversation, and what the Duke learned from the boys. Also discuss how this interaction serves to move the story forward.

Essay Topic 3

A reader can look at this story in terms of milestones. Explore the various milestones during the last days of the Duke. Additionally, these milesstones each had a profound effect on the Duke. Analyze how these milestones served to either provide the Duke with information, change his thinking or mental state, or produce some other effect on the Duke.

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