At Home in Mitford Test | Final Test - Hard

Jan Karon
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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 does Tim invite to attend a Sunday service after the baby is baptized?

2. What startles Tim in the middle of the night?

3. Who removes his shoes and gives them to Gaynor?

4. What is Tim's reaction to the bishop's orders?

5. To whom has Tim devoted his life to, up until this point?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is strange about Tim's visit to the church one evening when he is all alone?

2. When the townspeople commented on Tim's sickly look, what do you think Karon wanted her readers to think about Tim's health?

3. Do you think it is a good thing that Dooley goes to Meadowgate for summer vacation? Why or why not?

4. What does the bishop tell Tim he should do near the end of the book? Why do you think he tells Tim this?

5. Describe the scene in the hospital after Joe is shot.

6. Describe the calling of Absalom Greer.

7. How does Tim end up in the hospital?

8. When visiting Russell Jacks, Tim remarks that "the man has seemingly turned into an older version of Dooley." What does Tim mean by this comment?

9. Ron Malcolm takes off his shoes and gives them to George Gaynor. Why does he do this? What does this represent?

10. What do we know about Andrew Gregory?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of companionship is present throughout Karon's novel. What can readers learn about Karon's characters when they are in relationships with others? Be sure to give specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

Karon uses a narrative point of view throughout her entire book. Why do you think she chose to write this way? What are the pros and cons of using this point of view in this particular story?

Essay Topic 3

Which character in Karon's book is most likable? Why? Which character do you like the least? What is it about that particular character that causes you to dislike him or her?

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