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

2. At the end of Chapter 22 when Peter leaves the Farm, how does Peter feel?

3. What offer does Governor Wallace make Peter?

4. What does Peter want from Governor Wallace?

5. At the end of Chapter 23, what does Peter decide to try and do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the Oliver family home.

8. Describe Peter's relationship with Cooper.

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

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

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

There are three main conflicts in A Walk Across America. These are Peter vs. society, Peter vs. nature, and Peter vs. himself. Choose two conflicts to write about and explain them in depth. Also include how Peter overcomes these conflicts. Use examples from the entire book.

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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