Across Five Aprils Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Jenny's father refuse to let her marry Shadrach after receiving Tom's letter?

2. How was Jethro's well made unusable?

3. What gift is Jethro given while he is in town?

4. How do most people hear updates about the war?

5. What is Ellen suffering from at the beginning of Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bill choose to do at the end of Chapter 3, and why?

2. What is happening at the very beginning of the book?

3. Why is Jethro sent to town alone in Chapter 5?

4. What harm is done to Jethro's farm while Matt is ill?

5. What does Bill think about the issues of the war?

6. What reward does Jethro get at the beginning of the book?

7. How is Jethro helped after his experience in the town store?

8. What happens when Jenny receives a personal letter from Shadrach?

9. What causes the nation to be more serious about the Civil War?

10. What happens when Jethro gets to the store in town?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ross Milton was a minor character whose presence made a big difference in the plot. How did he accomplish this? What are some ways that his presence, however brief, alters the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if he had not been in the book at all?

Essay Topic 2

This plot takes place during the Civil War. How does this historic event shape the main characters in the book?

Essay Topic 3

Power and greed are two common themes in this book. Where do they appear, and how do they differ in their manifestations

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