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. What do Cassie and Catherine eventually decide to do regarding the phantom?

2. What is made from the tree sap?

3. Who is Aunt Lucy seen kissing one night?

4. What frightens Catherine in the woods one day?

5. Which of the children complains about school?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. How does the author use flashbacks to help communicate Catherine's feelings about the death of her mother and baby brother?

4. What changes must Mr. Holt make in order to appease the townspeople related to his moral teachings?

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

6. What does Catherine tell about her life as she begins her journal?

7. What are the circumstances that precipitate Catherine's leaving home?

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

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

10. What job are men involved in as Chapter 9 begins?

Essay 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

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Catherine, Mr. Hall and Ann. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, socialization, etc.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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