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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. When an intoxicated Dode approaches Jick prior to the rodeo, what is Jick drinking?

2. Garland Hebner is better known by what name?

3. What offer does Mac make to Stanley, in Part 1, due to his injury?

4. After the square dance, who gets into a fist fight?

5. In Part 1, who drags Jick down a hillside?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Earl and Alec come to blows outside the square dancing venue, how does the fight end?

3. What are the two main causes of Dode's rodeo injuries?

4. While Mac calls a square dance on the Fourth of July, who does Jick ask to dance and how does she respond?

5. How does the appearance of Velma affect Jick, when she arrives at the rodeo?

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

7. What is the topic of Lisabeth's speech at the Fourth of July Picnic?

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

9. After the rodeo, why is Jick unable to finish his conversation with Stanley?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

Lisabeth is concerned, throughout most of the novel, that Jick is obsessed with the past and not open to the future and its possibilities. What is the basis for her concern? How has she changed in this regard, in her eighties, as revealed in Part 4? What interaction with Jick in Part 4 reveals the extent to which Lisabeth has changed?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Jick consider July 4, 1939, to be "that immense day, that never-can-be-forgotten-Fourth," and "a set of hours worth the price of the rest of the life" at the conclusion of Part 2? Why does Doig devote a proportionately huge number of pages to this one day, even though the action of "English Creek" spans a whole summer and includes an epilogue in Part 4 that spans many years? Which events are most immense, in the eyes of Jick?

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