Cold Mountain Test | Final 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 Inman's progress begin to slow in the chapter, The Doing of It?

2. Where do Ada and Ruby go for the night as snow begins to threaten?

3. What does Ruby do with the trapped animal from the cornfield?

4. What instrument does Ada and Ruby's guest play?

5. What does Inman discover as he stops to fill a canteen in the chapter, A Vow to Bear?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who visits Black Cove while Ruby is in town trading apple cider for beef?

2. Why are things awkward between Inman and Ada at first? How does this begin to change?

3. How does Ada react when she first sees Inman? Does Ada react as Inman imagined she would?

4. Who or what does Ruby catch in her trap in the cornfield?

5. What decision does Inman make the following morning about his future?

6. Who tells Ruby and Ada about the shooting of Pangle and Stobrod? How did this witness survive?

7. What animal does Inman dream about and later feel responsible for killing?

8. What do Ada and Ruby find when they come to Stobrod's camp?

9. What has caused an illness in Stobrod and his companions?

10. Who do Ruby, Ada, Stobrod, and Inman run into on their way to Black Cove?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the Civil War. Why did the author chose to set his novel against the backdrop of the Civil War? How did the war affect the people of the United States during the fighting? How did the fighting affect the soldiers? How is this reflected in the character of Inman? How is it reflected in Ada? In Ruby?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Ruby dislike Stobrod? Does Ruby have good reason to dislike her father? What does Ruby blame her father for? Was Stobrod ever abusive toward Ruby? Did Stobrod neglect his daughter? If so, why? Why does Ruby refuse to allow Stobrod around? Is this a punishment of sort? How does Ruby feel when Stobrod is shot? Does this change Ruby's relationship with her father? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

What lesson is Inman repeatedly told to learn? Why? Why do people ask this of Inman? What do they hope he will learn from this lesson? Does Inman learn this lesson? What does this lesson teach Inman?

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