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. How old is Catherine at the beginning of the story?

2. Who is accused of aiding the runaway slave?

3. What is different about the writing book when Catherine finds it?

4. What is for sale in the Southern newspaper ad Mr. Holt shows?

5. What rules does the teacher change for boys and girls?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mr. Hall lose his temper when the question of his marrying Aunt Lucy arises?

2. How does a big snowstorm impact Catherine and her family?

3. What does Catherine see in one of Mr. Holt's newspapers that particularly upsets her?

4. What do Asa and Catherine decide to do when they determine that the phantom is a runaway slave?

5. How does sexism surface again in the story--this time regarding math studies?

6. What does the quilt left for the phantom symbolize?

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

8. Uncle Jack and Mr. Hall are both against slavery but have different views on how to address it. What are their conflicting views on a solution?

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

10. Why does Catherine feel so much stress about helping the phantom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Mr. Hall. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 2

Name and describe the three primary reasons Catherine's diary is special. Compare it to similar famous diaries in history. How do diaries help us understand the past?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the significance of the book's title. What did the author mean by calling the story A GATHERING OF DAYS? Cite an example to support your answer.

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