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. Who is Mrs. Shaw?

2. What does Eddie believe the Twelve Portals are?

3. What sound draws Susannah and Roland away from shooting practice in Chapter 1?

4. What does Jake think is important about the key he has found in Chapter 17?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What road do Roland, Susannah, and Eddie find in Chapter 7? Where do they believe it will lead them?

3. Who does Jake meet in his dreams in Chapter 3?

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

5. Roland is distracted in the first chapter. What does he tell Susannah is causing this distraction?

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

7. What makes Jake stop in a bookstore in Chapter 13? What does he buy there?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Roland's world to the New York of Jake's time. Compare and contrast the New York of Eddie's time with the New York of Jake's time. What differences are there? How are they similar? Why do you think the author chose to make New York City the home of Jake, Eddie, and Susannah? How different is that city to each of the three characters? Do you think the setting of New York City will be important to the developing plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following in detail citing examples from the novel to support your conclusions:

1) Point of view

2) Structure of the novel

3) Language--mention the use of metaphor and simile, as well as specific language

4) Setting.

Essay Topic 3

This novel is one in a series of novels about Roland and his ka-tet. Discuss in an essay how this novel might fit in with the other novels. Discuss back story presented at the beginning of the novel that helps the reader understand what happened in a previous novel. Discuss the cliffhanger ending of the book that leaves room for the next novel's plot. Discuss as well how this novel stands on its own, without the reader having prior knowledge of the novels that come before or after. Could a reader read this book out of order and still understand the point of the plot?

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