A Walk Across America Test | Final 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. In Chapter 24, a pickup truck pulls over to Peter. Who is driving the truck?

2. What natural disaster strikes Murphy in Chapter 18?

3. What does Governor Wallace tell Peter before he leaves?

4. How do the bootleggers threaten the Oliver family in Chapter 15?

5. In Chapter 13, what must Peter do in order to live with the Oliver family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the diner experience Peter has at the end of Chapter 25.

2. Describe the Oliver family home.

3. In Chapter 23 Peter meets a family while walking. What does the family do for him, and how does this change his opinion on Alabama?

4. What is Cooper's impression of the Farm?

5. Describe the act of nature that occurs in Murphy in Chapter 17. How does Mary Elizabeth react?

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

7. Why is Peter torn between two destinations at the start of Chapter 23? Which state does he decide to go to?

8. In Chapters 15 and 16, Peter finds himself isolated from the men at work. What causes this rift?

9. Describe Governor Wallace and what Peter thinks about him in.

10. What is Peter's impression of Stephen Gaskin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dialect is often used in dialogue in A Walk Across America. How is the use of dialect beneficial to the story? How is the use of dialect a distraction? Cite examples from the text and explain your position. Why do you think Peter Jenkins uses dialect in his book?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Peter's stay in Robbinsville, North Carolina. How does this setting illustrate the lack of acceptance in the world? What do you think causes the underlying tensions in the town? Cite examples from the book to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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