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. Why is Peter surprised when he meets Homer?

3. Where are Peter and Cooper when Chapter 1 begins?

4. In Chapter 7, what does Peter promise his host before leaving?

5. In Chapter 3, who helps Peter with Cooper?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Peter's life growing up.

5. Describe the Oliver family home.

6. What happens during Peter's meeting with Governor Wallace? How does Peter's opinion of Governor Wallace change?

7. In Chapter 11, Peter falls ill. Describe the days he was ill.

8. What happens to Peter in the country store in Chapter 26?

9. In Chapter 13, Peter meets a sheriff. Describe their interaction.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Peter has to make many choices in A Walk Across America. Describe three choices that Peter makes during the course of the book and how these decisions change the course of Peter's journey.

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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