A Land Remembered Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 many months is it before the MacIveys settle near the Kissimmee River?

2. Besides coons, what does Tobias kill for the family to live on in the beginning of Chapter 7?

3. How many days is it before Tobias and Henry meet the drovers?

4. How long is Tobias under the medicine man's care before he is well enough to travel?

5. What setbacks do the MacIveys face during the cattle drive at the end of Chapter 19?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the problems Tobias has when beginning to plant orange trees and how does Emma solve it?

2. What happens on the first trip to Punta Rassa and how does Tobias respond?

3. What has happened at the trading post in St. Johns River to cause such a shortage in supplies, and what is the result of Tobias' trip there?

4. When do the MacIveys make their second trip to Punta Rassa, and how do they prepare for it?

5. What challenges do the MacIveys face on their way to Punta Rassa for the second time?

6. What is the valuable advice that Keith Tiger gives to Tobias at the end of Chapter 9?

7. How does Solomon explain his part in the real estate development to Toby?

8. Where do the MacIveys go after their home is burned down and how do they settle there?

9. What year does A Land Remembered begin and what is the setting?

10. How do Zech, Bonzo, and Frog lose the cows they have herded and what is Tobias' response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain in detail the importance of the setting for the beginning of the MacIvey story. What condition is Florida in when Tobias and his family are first introduced? Where have they come from and why do they choose Florida? What things is the country going through during that time? Why are those events relevant to the way of life in the late 1800s and in what ways do they affect the MacIveys? How does the family react to the world around them and why is that a central theme to the book?

Essay Topic 2

The issue of land rights becomes a major part of the story for the MacIveys. Provide several examples of how the theme of land, ownership, and preservation is portrayed in the book. In addition, include which characters it affects the most and why.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the women in the book seem to have tragic, unforeseen deaths.

1) Describe how Emma dies and what the reaction of Tobias is along with the rest of the family. What did Emma represent for Tobias, and why is he having difficulty living without her?

2) Explain how Glenda dies and the author's possible reasons for ending the character this way. How did Glenda help Zech fit into the present and future? What does her death signal for him?

3) Describe how Bonnie dies and how her death continues the tragic theme that the author establishes throughout the book.

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