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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 is Peter feeling about his journey at the end of Chapter 4?
2. What does Peter learn in Fontana Village, North Carolina?
3. Why does Peter's host make this offer?
4. Why is Peter's climb in the mountains such a challenge?
5. In Chapter 5, who stops to help Peter and Cooper?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Peter feel as the holidays approach in Chapter 9? How does he deal with these emotions?
2. Describe Peter's interaction with the Special Bureau of Investigation officer in Chapter 12.
3. What is Peter convinced he will find out on his journey?
4. Describe Peter's life growing up.
5. In Chapter 1, how does Peter feel about America? What does he decide to do? Why does he change his mind?
6. Describe Peter's method for writing on his trip. How does Peter manage to not carry lots of writing supplies?
7. In Chapter 5, what is Peter's impression of West Virgina? What is he shocked to find?
8. What is Peter's experience in Robbinsville, North Carolina?
9. In Chapter 5, why does Peter decide walking in the mountains is pointless?
10. How does Peter attempt to fulfill himself prior to starting his journey?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In all of the photos Peter selects to show the readers, there are none of his wife Barbara. Why do you believe he omits these pictures? Use examples from the book to support your conclusion.
Essay Topic 2
Describe Peter's stay in Robbinsville, North Carolina. How does this setting illustrate the lack of acceptance in the world? What do you think causes the underlying tensions in the town? Cite examples from the book to support your opinion.
Essay Topic 3
There is a great deal of political and social unrest at the time A Walk Across America takes place. How do outside events influence an author's writing? Is it necessary for a reader to have knowledge of the events that occur at the time a book is written? Why or why not? How would your reading of A Walk Across America change without the understanding of events occurring at the time of Peter's travels? Cite examples from the book and explain your reasoning.
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