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. How long is Mr. Hall gone on his business trip?

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

3. Who visits the Hall family at the beginning of Chapter 12?

4. The preacher tells of an entire family killed _______________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the author use foreshadowing related to Catherine's comments about quilts?

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

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

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

8. What is the irony related to judging in the church?

9. What name does Catherine feel comfortable calling Ann?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting for the story. Why does the author use the setting she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Ann. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 3

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

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