Tunnel in the Sky 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 Chapter 7, why do Rod, Jack, and Jimmy decide to start a signal fire?

2. Why doesn't Rod want to allow girls to join his and Jack's team?

3. What item does Deacon Matson assure Rod he can leave behind, because he will not need it for the final exam?

4. Rod and Jack eat what sort of meat, when they first meet?

5. On the unknown planet, from which direction does the sun rise?

Short Essay Questions

1. What unusual phenomenon do Jack and Rod see in the sky at the end of Chapter 5, in addition to the pentagonal constellation?

2. Where does Rod believe he and the other students have been abandoned?

3. Who does Rod finally agree to partner with, before traveling through the gate to an unknown planet?

4. What unusual decision have Rod's parents made, and why?

5. Why is Chapter 6 titled, "I Think He's Dead?"

6. Rod's refusal to let go of misguided theories reveals what about his character?

7. What major setback does Rod suffer at the conclusion of Chapter 3?

8. What career field does Rod wish to pursue?

9. At the end of Chapter 7, who joins Rod, Jack, and Jimmy in their cave settlement?

10. What strange sound prevents Rod from sleeping comfortably during his first night on the unknown planet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What important lessons does Rod Walker learn by the end of the novel? How do those lessons reveal and reinforce the novel's main theme? What is the main theme of "Tunnel in the Sky?"

Essay Topic 2

Main character Rod exhibits a tendency to jump to false conclusions. List other examples of Rod's faulty logic. How does Rod's reputation for jumping to false conclusions influence the other students, when he tries to warn them about the vulnerability of their settlement?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the main character's changing perception of "stobor" throughout the novel. What, ultimately, is a "stobor?" Why should everyone watch out for "stobor?"

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