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. Why does Asa continue to take punishment for something he did not do?

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

3. According to Asa, the skin cools __________________.

4. How do Cassie and Asa respond to Catherine's sighting of an apparition?

5. What is made from the tree sap?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the characters begin to find joy again after Cassie's death?

3. How does the theme of trust extend to Mr. Hall and Ann?

4. Describe how Ann is becoming both physically and emotionally stronger since her arrival at the Hall household.

5. Describe how the boys in the class revolt against the new teacher's severe punishment measures.

6. Describe the transition dynamic within the Hall household by this point in time.

7. Explain why spring is a metaphor for the new dynamics of the Hall family.

8. How does Ann alienate Uncle Jack when he comes for a visit and how does Mr. Hall react?

9. How is trust exhibited between Mr. Hall and Mr. Shipman?

10. Why does Catherine believe her father responded in a sexist manner when she told him about the boys near the thin ice?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Slavery takes on a human persona in this story in the form of the phantom. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the phantom. What is his role in the story? What was the author trying to accomplish by creating the phantom in the story?

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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