Cold Mountain 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. Which general does Inman claim he prefers?

2. What story does Ada read to Ruby in the chapter Ashes of Roses?

3. Where did Inman meet Ada for the first time?

4. Where was Stobrod the last time Ruby heard of him?

5. Who attacks Inman as he leaves the area where the settlement was?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why have Ada and her father moved to Black Cove?

2. To whom does Junior sell Inman and Veasey for $5 a head?

3. What story does Ada read to Ruby? Which character reminds Ruby of her father?

4. Why does Ada decide to sell her piano?

5. Who is Odell and what story does he tell Inman?

6. What does Inman find when he finally reaches Black Cove?

7. What scene do Ada and Ruby stumble on on their way back to Black Cove?

8. Why did Inman decide he would like to meet Ada?

9. Who is Balis? What manuscript is he working on?

10. What surprises Ada about the circumstances of her conception and birth?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Why does Stobrod begin caring for the simple-minded man who joins the deserters? What does Stobrod hope to gain from this friendship? How does this friendship between her father and the simple man affect Ruby? What does this friendship say about Stobrod's character? Does this friendship show a change in Stobrod's character? How?

Essay Topic 2

Who is Ada? Where has Ada come from? What kind of education does Ada have? Why? Is Ada's education typical of women who live in Cold Mountain? Why does Ada live in Cold Mountain? Why does Ada refuse to leave Cold Mountain when her father dies? How does Ada care for herself? Why does Ada not know how to cook?

Essay Topic 3

Who is Stobrod? How is Stobrod related to Ruby? Why does Ruby show hostility toward Stobrod? Does Stobrod deserve this hostility? Why or why not? How does Stobrod change from before he goes to war to when he returns? Does Ruby trust this change? Why or why not? What does Ada think of Stobrod's character? Does Ada like him? Does Ada's reaction affect Ruby in any way? How?

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