A Gathering of Days Test | Final 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 does Ann ban from the Hall household?

2. What about Catherine's mother is referenced in a conversation?

3. What horrible event has occurred in the Southern states?

4. On what do Ann and Mr. Hall disagree?

5. What do the girls and women pick in the summer?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is the theme of trust exhibited between Asa and Catherine regarding his poem for Sophy?

4. What is the symbolism of the blue bonnet that Catherine wears in Chapter 18?

5. What is the reason for Mr. Hall's delayed return from Boston?

6. How does Catherine experience change related to the addition of the two new family members?

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

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

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

10. Describe the story of the rock slide that killed the Wiley family and the moral that can be told from it.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

A GATHERING OF DAYS is a classic coming of age story. What does that classification entail? Why does this story fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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