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. What is the main topic concerning the Duke's grooming regime?

2. Whose accounts supplement the Duke's entries in "From His Grace's Journal to Mr. Bowen's Account?"

3. When does the Duke use the tunnel system for the first time?

4. When does the Duke write about his grooming regime?

5. What does the Duke think of Mr. Snow's condition?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Duke look through old family things?

2. Why does the Duke think he must escape his estate quickly?

3. What does Conner say about the Duke's phantom boy?

4. What is the recurring dream discussed in the January 28th journal entry?

5. What happens when the Duke allows locals to use his property?

6. What does the Duke imagine in terms of the little homunculi within the brain?

7. How could one explain the rumor of the Duke being horribly deformed?

8. What do the Oakely sisters tell the Duke concerning the beef essence?

9. What is the result of the Duke's use of the trepanning kit?

10. What does the Duke learn while traveling with others in his room that is in sharp contrast to the fellowship felt while ice skating a few weeks before?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the idea of security. In particular, the Duke gains a sense of security with the map of his estate. Explore the reasoning behind this feeling and the impact it has on the Duke's desire to live a fuller life during his last days.

Essay Topic 2

It is interesting that the Duke is repulsed by Mr. Snow's appearance. However, the two are very similar. Compare and contrast the Duke and Mr. Snow. Discuss whether the Duke's feelings toward Mr. Snow are warranted.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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