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. In Chapter 3, who helps Peter with Cooper?

2. What makes Peter's travel difficult in Chapter 9?

3. In Chapter 6, Peter is told he needs to meet Homer. Who tells him this?

4. Along the way, Cooper and Peter stop at a country store to buy a feast. Who joins them?

5. What world event is occurring during the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Peter and Scott's journey in Chapters 9 and 10.

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

3. What is Peter's experience in Robbinsville, North Carolina?

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

5. After Peter's interaction with the Special Bureau of Investigation officer what does he do?

6. In Chapter 1, how does Peter feel about America? What does he decide to do? Why does he change his mind?

7. Peter meets many people on his trip. Sometimes people react to Peter in a bad way. Describe people's reactions to Peter and why they feel that way. Cite an example from Chapters 1-4.

8. Describe Peter's interaction with the Special Bureau of Investigation officer in Chapter 12.

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Peter describes a dream he has before moving in with the Oliver family. Describe the dream Peter has. What is the significance of this dream? How does this dream come true?

Essay Topic 2

Determine what you consider to be the climax of A Walk Across America. Describe the scene and use the definition of literary climax to argue that it is indeed the climax. If there was another possible event in A Walk Across America to be defined as the climax what would it be and why? Site examples from the text to prove your argument.

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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