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. What world event is occurring during the book?

2. What does the officer threaten to do to Peter?

3. In Chapter 10, a group of animals attack Peter, Scott, and Cooper. What type of animals are they?

4. What sub-culture do people think Peter is a member of?

5. Why does the sheriff ask Peter to leave?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Homer and his home.

6. How is Peter helped in Chapter 5?

7. Describe Peter's life while in college.

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

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

10. What is Peter convinced he will find out on his journey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Peter Jenkins writes A Walk Across America in the first-person narrative. Define first-person narrative versus third-person narrative. Would the book be better if written in the third person? What particular scenes would be better and why?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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