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. In what state does Catherine live?

2. What has been taken from the Shipmans' storeroom?

3. Which of Catherine's classmates must leave home to work?

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

5. What does Catherine long to do as Chapter 2 ends?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author use a flashback to give a glimpse into the Halls' life before Mrs. Hall died?

3. 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?

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

5. What incident regarding some boys and the thin ice does Catherine tell her father and what is his response?

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

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

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

9. Explain the theme of redemption regarding the Count of Zincheroff.

10. How does the Hall family spend its first Thanksgiving since the death of Mrs. Hall?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sophy has been sent to Lowell, Massachusetts to work in the mills. Explain the mills. What did they manufacture? Why were children sent to work at them? Why is Sophy so distraught at being forced to go?

Essay Topic 2

There are several events of foreshadowing in the book. Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the story that serve as foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two themes about loss in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

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