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

2. What does Eddie show Roland that he has been carving in Chapter 1?

3. How much older than he is Eddie's brother?

4. What does Roland say in Chapter 14 he learned from Jake when he hypnotized him?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to the Mansion as Jake attempts to enter Roland's world in Chapter 33?

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

4. What causes Jake to become obsessed with doors?

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

6. What does Jake believe Blaine, whom he has constantly seen as a danger, plans to do in Chapter 8?

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

8. What do Bill and Till tell Roland and his ka-tet about the large city of Lud?

9. What advice does Jake give someone to quiet the voices in his head? How does Jake do this?

10. What do Eddie and Susannah learn about Blaine in Chapter 27?

Essay 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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