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 end of Chapter 19, where is Peter headed?

2. Where is Peter at the beginning of Chapter 24?

3. Why does Peter have the emotions he is feeling at the beginning of Chapter 19?

4. How does Cooper die?

5. Why does Peter not set up his tent in Chapter 24?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Oliver family home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Peter's relationship with Cooper.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Homer, the mountain man, and Peter choose to isolate themselves from society in different ways. Compare and contrast the isolation Peter and Homer put upon themselves in A Walk Across America. Cite examples from the book. Why do you think that Homer and Peter choose isolation over human companionship?

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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