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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. By the end of Chapter 22, who does Peter realize he may be searching for?
2. At the end of Chapter 19, where is Peter headed?
3. In Chapter 22, what does the vet tell Peter about Cooper?
4. In Chapter 26, Who is Miss Margaret?
5. Who does Peter forgive at the end of Chapter 24?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Peter torn between two destinations at the start of Chapter 23? Which state does he decide to go to?
2. How does being on the Farm influence Peter in a positive way?
3. What is the significance of the diner experience Peter has at the end of Chapter 25.
4. Describe the act of nature that occurs in Murphy in Chapter 17. How does Mary Elizabeth react?
5. 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?
6. What happens during Peter's meeting with Governor Wallace? How does Peter's opinion of Governor Wallace change?
7. How does Peter meet the Oliver brothers in Chapter 13? What does Peter do with them?
8. Describe the altercation Peter is involved in during Chapter 24 and how it is resolved.
9. How do the teachings of Stephen Gaskin influence Peter in a positive way?
10. In Chapter 22 there is a terrible accident. Describe this event.
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
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 3
Generosity is something that Peter both experiences and practices while on his journey. Cite three examples of where acts of generosity occur in A Walk Across America. How do these acts change both the person who is acting generously and the person who is on the receiving end? Do you think that Peter began his journey as a generous person or did he learn to be generous through his journey? Explain your reasoning with examples from the book.
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