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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. What color is Leona's hair?

2. In the evening after dinner with Pete, what does Jick read about in the local paper?

3. Who reveals to Jick, during the Fourth of July Picnic, that he knows Jick drank whiskey with Stanley?

4. During dinner with Pete, while Mac is away, Lisabeth avoids discussing what subject?

5. How did Stanley's pack horse injure him?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Jick finishes digging the new outhouse pit, why does Alec visit the McCaskill house?

2. In Part 1, why is Jick so upset when his father accidentally calls him "Alec?"

3. What fate befell many of the ranch families who used to live along English Creek prior to the start of the novel?

4. During the Fourth of July Picnic, how does Toussaint make Jick uncomfortable?

5. Why, in Part 1, does Jick describe his father as being "between and between and between?"

6. Why is the Two country described as a toupee of grass on a cranium of rock?

7. During the square dance after the rodeo, how does Jick imagine his parents?

8. How, as Jick recollects, did he and Ray become friends?

9. When Jick rides alone to check on Walter Kyle's ranch early in Part 1, what thoughts does he have about women in general?

10. How, at the end of Part 2, does Jick sum up his Fourth of July experiences?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Descriptions of a past way of life are interwoven in the novel, from counting sheep to haying, from canning to square dancing. Discuss how these descriptions add depth and authenticity to the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss several examples in which Jick feels blindsided, especially by Mac, only to realize later the joy of completion and accepting responsibility. How do these experience help Jick in his journey toward manhood?

Essay Topic 3

"English Creek" features many forms of evil, including greed, drunkenness, disrespect of family, and the wrath of nature. Compare and contrast these forms of evil depicted in the novel, and discuss how protagonists reacted to or fought against these evils.

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