A Gathering of Days Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Joan W. Blos
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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. Mr. Hall believes Negroes should ___________________.

2. Which of the following is not a subject taught by Mr. Holt?

3. What does Mr. Holt attempt to teach the children in addition to the fundamental subjects?

4. What do the men have to keep constant in the camp while tapping the trees?

5. What accident does Mrs. Nelson have with the cow?

Short Essay Questions

1. What spooky story does Mr. Hall tell that foreshadows events in the woods?

2. How does the author use the metaphor of a growing infant to indicate the change in seasons?

3. How do Mr. Hall and Uncle Jack differ on their opinions of runaway slaves?

4. What has been stolen from the Shipmans' storeroom and who is accused of the theft?

5. What two instances of flashback are used in Chapter 8?

6. How is Mr. Holt able to sidestep the rules and still teach his moral teachings?

7. How does Mr. Holt's style of teaching put him in trouble with the townspeople?

8. How is Mrs. Hall remembered at a New Year's celebration?

9. What memories and feelings are stirred up as Matty turns 8?

10. Who arrives for a visit at the Shipman house and how do Catherine and Cassie enjoy this person's visit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses some important instances of flashbacks in the story. Explain what a flashback is and cite at least two making sure to explain what makes each a flashback.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the discord between Uncle Jack and Mr. Hall on the topic of runaway slaves. What were their opposing positions? How does Catherine get caught between what she believes and what her father believes on the topic?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of girls and women in the 1830s in New England. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

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