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. At the Farm Peter meets many people, why does Peter never meet Stephen Gaskin?

2. Who attends the celebration at the end of Chapter 18?

3. After the white church is destroyed, where do the white people go to pray?

4. What does Peter want from Governor Wallace?

5. When Chapter 22 opens, where is Peter working?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the act of nature that occurs in Chapter 17 pull together the town?

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

3. Describe the altercation Peter is involved in during Chapter 24 and how it is resolved.

4. What is Peter's job like while living in Murphy?

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

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

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

8. Describe Peter's relationship with Cooper.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Peter Jenkins uses the techniques of flashback and foreshadowing throughout A Walk Across America. Define both the terms flashback and foreshadow. Provide one example for each term from the book. How does Peter use these techniques? What benefits do they provide to the reader's understanding of the book?

Essay Topic 2

The death of Cooper is a terrible blow for Peter. Describe the events leading to Cooper's death and how it actually occurs. How do you believe Cooper's death changes Peter? Site examples from the text to prove your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Peter describes a dream he has before moving in with the Oliver family. Describe the dream Peter has. What is the significance of this dream? How does this dream come true?

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