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. How is Governor Wallace disabled?

2. As Peter is walking in Chapter 24, a pickup truck pulls over next to him. What does the driver of the truck yell at Peter?

3. In Chapter 15, who does Peter discover lives in Murphy?

4. Where does Peter go to work while living in Murphy?

5. By the end of Chapter 22, who does Peter realize he may be searching for?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Peter's relationship with Cooper.

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

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

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

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

8. How do the teachings of Stephen Gaskin influence Peter in a positive way?

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

10. Describe M.C Jenkins. What important role does he play in Peter's life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Peter has to make many choices in A Walk Across America. Describe three choices that Peter makes during the course of the book and how these decisions change the course of Peter's journey.

Essay Topic 2

Peter and Cooper have an extremely close bond through the course of the book. Explain the importance of Cooper and Peter's relationship. What does Cooper's presence contribute to Peter's journey? How would Peter's journey be different if Cooper was not there. Use examples from the book to explain your answers.

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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