The Waste Lands Test | Final 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 do the people of River Crossing line up to do before Roland in Chapter 13?

2. What does Gasher stop to show Jake in Chapter 19?

3. Why does Jake begin to cry at the end of Chapter 13?

4. To what machines does Tick-Tock Man compare the feeling in his head in Chapter 40?

5. How long does Blaine say it has been since a gunslinger walked in-world or mid-world?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is Gasher? What does he want?

4. How do Susannah and Eddie finally reach Blaine's cradle in Chapter 24?

5. What is significant about the drum beat that Roland and his ka-tet have been able to hear for days since beginning their approach to Lud? What becomes apparent about the purpose of this drum beat?

6. What does Blaine tell Roland and his ka-tet is the reason he has decided to end his existence?

7. Who reports he once saw the train called Blaine in Lud? What did he see?

8. What does the ending of the book say about the future of these characters?

9. Where does Gasher take Jake?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is Roland? Why is he teaching Susannah to shoot a gun? Is Roland cruel when he makes Susannah think of her past to make her angry enough to shoot straight? Why can Roland not shoot a gun? What happened to Roland? When? What is Roland's mission? Where is he going? For what reason? What will happen when he get there? How does he plan to get there?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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