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 comes out of the bear's nose each time it sneezes in Chapter 2?

2. What rhythmic sound does Roland and his friends hear as they continue down the Great Road in Chapter 19?

3. What does Susannah think the speaking ring looks like in Chapter 23?

4. How did Jake know in Chapter 5 that the pretzel vendor would drink a bottle of Yoo-hoo as opposed to a can?

5. Upon what books does Stephen King say he based the Dark Tower Series in the Introduction of this novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What fear haunts Eddie all through Chapters 7-15?

2. How did Mercy lose her eyesight?

3. What causes Jake to become obsessed with doors?

4. What weakness does Jake discover in Gasher's personality in Chapter 25?

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

6. What does Jake dream in chapter 16? What impression is he left with afterward?

7. What is the relationship between Roland, Susannah, and Eddie?

8. How does Roland communicate with Jake in Chapter 31?

9. Who is Gasher? What does he want?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Who is Eddie? Why has Eddie not carved in wood for many years? What made him stop? What made him start again? Why is Eddie ashamed of his talents? What important item does Eddie carve upon Jake's arrival in Roland's world? Does this item work? What does this say about Eddie's talents? Does Eddie miss his hometown? For what reason? What is Eddie's relationship with his brother like? How has impacted his life?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following items and what they symbolize in the overall plot of the novel:

1) Rose

2) Key

3) Book of Riddles

4) Charlie the Choo-choo

5) The gun of Jake's father

6) Roland's gun and gunbelt.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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