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. In the story told in Chapter 10 about Old Star and Old Mother, who was Cassiopeia?

2. Who finally shoots and kills Mir in Chapter 8?

3. Who is the boy in Jake's dream who tells him he is there to guide him?

4. What does Eddie draw in the dirt at the speaking ring in Chapter 25?

5. What did Hax tell Roland was the last act of the Great Old Ones?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes Jake to become obsessed with doors?

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

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

4. How many things happen to Jake in Chapters 16-23 that also happened in Roland's world?

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

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

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

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

9. Who is Odetta Walker? Why does Susannah call her out in Chapter 23?

10. What do Roland, Susannah, and Eddie find as they trace the path of the bear?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who leads Jake to the Mansion? How did Jake know to follow this person? What happens to Jake once he goes inside the Mansion? How does Jake lose the key? How does he get it back? What tries to stop Jake from crossing into Roland's world? Why? Who helps Jake survive his ordeal? Why does Jake want to go to Roland's world? What would have happened to him if he had not? What happens to Jake's family? Does Jake worry about this? What does the future hold for Jake?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of these themes in detail, using examples from the novel to support your conclusions:

1) Dreams

2) Surreality

3) Friendship

4) Family

5) Bravery.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss gunslingers. What is a gunslinger? What is Roland's role as a gunslinger? How is Roland's role different from the traditional idea of a gunslinger? How is it similar? Why do you suppose the author chose to make Roland a gunslinger? What does this say about Roland's adventures? How is Roland treated by the people he comes into contact with? What does this say about the role of gunslinger in Roland's world?

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