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 is Peter surprised when he meets Homer?

2. What is Peter's response to his host's offer?

3. At the start of Chapter 9, where is Peter headed?

4. What event does the individual miss because he helps Peter and Cooper?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Peter's job title in Mobile, and what does that occupation do?

2. How does Peter meet the Oliver brothers in Chapter 13? What does Peter do with them?

3. How does being on the Farm influence Peter in a positive way?

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

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 life while in college.

7. Describe Homer and his home.

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

9. In Chapter 19, Peter hears about a location called the Farm. Describe this place.

10. Briefly summarize the afterword in Peter's book.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Peter reconnects with his family at different times during the journey. Describe Peter's relationship with Scott. How is it prior to his journey? What happens when Scott joins him on his trip? Do these events strengthen Peter and Scott's relationship or tear them apart? Do you think that seeing family on the trip benefited Peter? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Through the course of his journey Peter meets many people. Describe the individual you believe impacts Peter in the most positive way. How do they change Peter for the better? Does Peter change that individual? What are the circumstances surrounding their meeting? Then describe the individual you believe impacts Peter in the most negative fashion. How do they change Peter for the worse? Does Peter change this individual? Support your opinion with examples from the text.

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