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. Where did Peter grow up?

2. What historic event do we learn that Peter attended during his college years?

3. In Chapter 5, the author begins to see signs. What are the signs for?

4. Where does Peter decide to travel?

5. Homer is better then Peter at what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 5, why does Peter decide walking in the mountains is pointless?

3. How is Peter helped in Chapter 5?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Peter's life while in college.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Peter and Cooper have an extremely close bond through the course of the book. Explain the importance of Cooper and Peter's relationship. What does Cooper's presence contribute to Peter's journey? How would Peter's journey be different if Cooper was not there. Use examples from the book to explain your answers.

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