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. At the start of Chapter 5, where do Peter and Cooper heads toward?

2. What does Peter wear that is controversial?

3. What city do Peter and Cooper arrive in at the end of Chapter 3?

4. What is the name of the person that helps Peter and Cooper?

5. Why is Peter's climb in the mountains such a challenge?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Peter and Cooper's first involvement with a helpful American in Chapter 3.

2. In Chapter 7 Homer makes Peter an offer. What is the offer and what is Peter's reaction? Why does Peter react this way?

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

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

5. In Chapter 9, Peter meets a woman at a diner. Describe their interaction.

6. How does Peter feel as the holidays approach in Chapter 9? How does he deal with these emotions?

7. Describe Peter's emotional state as he starts his journey at the end of Chapter 4.

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

9. Describe Peter's life growing up.

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of religion and God in A Walk Across America. What role does it play in the book? Show where Peter encounters religion and how it helps him overcome obstacles. Do you think Peter set forth on his journey in order to find God? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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