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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Lyman resist Shelley's suggestions?
(a) She does not express her suggestions well.
(b) He is not writing for a modern reader, but as a way to find out more about himself through his family history.
(c) He is jealous of her writing abilities
(d) He does not understand her meaning

2. Why does Lyman call himself a "man of stone"?
(a) Because he is physically unable to move his head from side to side.
(b) His family name is Stone
(c) He is mute.
(d) He is taking steroids

3. What happens to Ollie in this chapter?
(a) He becomes ill again
(b) He has a birthday
(c) He gets a horse
(d) He is bitten by a rattlesnake

4. What is the bad news her mother tells her on the first day home?
(a) Her mother is expecting a baby
(b) Her sister Bessie is ill
(c) Augusta has passed away
(d) Thomas is severely ill

5. Oliver is offered a mining job in another country - which one?
(a) China
(b) Bolivia
(c) Australia
(d) Spain

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the next job offer that Oliver gets?

2. Who is Ferd Ward?

3. What sad news does Augusta's first letter to Susan in New Almaden include?

4. Why does Lyman begin fictionalizing his grandparents' lives in a novel?

5. Why doesn't Ollie come with Susan to Leadville?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was it so unusual for Susan to enter the mine at New Almaden?

2. In this chapter, Lyman describes some of the resources he uses to recreate the life of his Grandmother Susan Ward. Describe them.

3. What is Susan's attitude about her one-room shack in Leadville?

4. What is the final rip in the fabric of the Ward marriage?

5. What makes Lyman wonder about his grandmother's sexual preferences?

6. How does this chapter highlight the differences in approach to life by Oliver and Susan?

7. Explain how Susan and Oliver reach a certain angle of repose while living in New Almaden?

8. How are the 24 canaries sent to Shelley like the elk head sent to Susan?

9. How does this chapter highlight the dangers of the West, and how does the author foreshadow the end of happy times for the Wards?

10. In what ways in this chapter does the author remind the reader of Susan's issues?

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