A Thousand Acres 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. What is the profession of Marv Carlson, the man who ends up helping Larry Cook throughout the story?

2. Marv was worried about Larry and the line of credit that Larry had extended to __________.

3. Larry purchases new ______________ he doesn't need and leaves them outside where they get ruined by the rain.

4. Larry announces a plan to form a corporation with the farm, giving each of his daughters __________ of the ownership of the farm.

5. After the papers for the farm are signed, who decides to leave without saying goodbye and the car gone by the time anyone else notices?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to the Ericson farm, according to Ginny's memory of the time it was purchased?

2. After the storm and the incident in the storm, what does Ginny decide she needs to do for her father?

3. What happened to Ginny's grandmother's grandparents find when they arrived in the United States from England?

4. What did Harold buy for himself without consulting Larry, which made Larry a bit upset?

5. What ends the two week long Monopoly game and causes the family to react angrily?

6. What do Ginny and the girls encounter when they arrive home after their swimming trip?

7. What is Marc Griffin, the banker, worried about in relation to the actions of Larry on his farm?

8. What does Harold publicly denounce Ginny and Rose for doing to Larry?

9. What happens to Ginny after she cleans the carpet in her house, a task which takes her until noon?

10. What did Ginny and Rose do in order to help Caroline grow up well even though her mother had died?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of the family in this book is a complicated one, however, that could be said for all families in some respect.

Part 1: How do you think family is defined in this story? What makes up a family?

Part 2: Are there any characters in this story who support a healthy family relationship? Who? Why? If not, why not?

Part 3: Do you think the family could have changed their unhealthy ways? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Much of the novel is sad, depressing, and perhaps even tragic. However, in the face of all this tragedy, it is hard to begin to see who might have suffered more.

Part 1: Describe the tragedy of one character in this story. How has his/her past and/or present pain changed him/her?

Part 2: Do you think it's possible to avoid tragedy in this story? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think the author focused so much on the tragedy of the characters in this story?

Essay Topic 3

Ginny finally escapes the farm and the country, leaving without explanation and without any plan for her future.

Part 1: Why do you think Ginny decided to leave when she did?

Part 2: Why do you think Ginny decided to leave without telling anyone she was going?

Part 3: What do Ginny's actions surrounding leaving say about her and about her emotional state at the time of her departure?

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