A Walk Across America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Peter Jenkins (travel author)
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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. Why does Peter's family member decide to join him?

2. Where are Peter and Cooper when Chapter 8 begins?

3. Why do people come to see Peter before he leaves Washington, DC?

4. In Chapter 9, Peter and Scott become lost on the mountain. How do they treat each other?

5. What type of person is Homer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What political events are occurring at the time of this book. How does this influence Peter's journey?

2. Describe Peter's life growing up.

3. Describe Homer and his home.

4. In Chapter 5, what is Peter's impression of West Virgina? What is he shocked to find?

5. List some hardships that Peter faces in Chapter 5.

6. Describe the map that Peter provides in his book.

7. Describe Peter's method for writing on his trip. How does Peter manage to not carry lots of writing supplies?

8. Describe Cooper and how he came to live with Peter.

9. Why is the country store at the start of Chapter 5 so important?

10. How does Peter attempt to fulfill himself prior to starting his journey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Peter Jenkins uses the techniques of flashback and foreshadowing throughout A Walk Across America. Define both the terms flashback and foreshadow. Provide one example for each term from the book. How does Peter use these techniques? What benefits do they provide to the reader's understanding of the book?

Essay Topic 2

There are two cultural events occurring during Peter's journey, the Vietnam War and racial tension. Which event do you believe has the largest impact on Peter's journey and why? How would Peter's journey be different if this event was not happening? Use examples from the book to argue your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

There are three main conflicts in A Walk Across America. These are Peter vs. society, Peter vs. nature, and Peter vs. himself. Choose two conflicts to write about and explain them in depth. Also include how Peter overcomes these conflicts. Use examples from the entire book.

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