The Waste Lands 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. What is written on the stone marker Jake sees in a dream in Chapter 3?

2. Where does Eddie hide from the bear in Chapter 5?

3. What is ka?

4. Why does Eddie decide he could never be better at anything than Henry in Chapter 3?

5. What does Roland hope to find at the Great Portal as he tells Eddie and Susannah in Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is important about the jawbone Roland has carried with him since his meeting with Jake?

2. Where does Roland tell Susannah to shoot the bear?

3. How does finding the bear help Roland find a way to find the Dark Tower?

4. How does the demon help Jake enter Roland's world in Chapter 41?

5. What is the contrast between The Piper School and Jake's mental difficulties?

6. Who does Jake meet in Chapter 20? To where does Jake follow this character?

7. Why did Eddie once stop carving objects out of wood?

8. What causes Jake to become obsessed with doors?

9. What does Roland believe the bear's purpose was?

10. What terrible tragedy took place in Eddie's family that caused his mother to encourage Henry to be Eddie's constant guardian?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Eddie carve a key out of wood? What is the purpose of this key? Does Eddie understand the importance of the key when he first begins carving it? How does this key compare to the one Jake has in his world? What does the key do for Jake when he holds it? Does this work for Roland? Why or why not? What does this key open? Does it work the first time Eddie uses it? What happens? What might have happened if Eddie had not carved the key?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following relationships in detail:

1) Roland and Susannah

2) Roland and Eddie

3) Roland and Jake

4) Susannah and Eddie

5) Eddie and Henry.

Essay Topic 3

What is ka-tet? Who is a part of this ka-tet? Can each member of the ka-tet read one another's thoughts as Roland suggests they should? What is a palaver? Why does Roland insist that he and his friends participate in this tradition? What does it do to help the group? What does Roland learn during one of these palavers? What do the others learn about Roland during the palaver? Why does Roland refuse to talk about his past? Is Roland being hypocritical by refusing to talk about his own past while encouraging the others to talk about theirs?

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