English Creek 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. When Jick visits Alec at his ranch, how do the ranch hands decide which two should go into town with the foreman?

2. What is Jick's favorite card game?

3. According to official instructions for feeding firefighters, how thick is Jick expected to slice meat?

4. What is Wisdom's real name?

5. What is a scatter rake?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Jick fond of operating the scatter rake?

2. What is the first breakfast Stanley and Jick prepare for the firefighters?

3. Describe the decorating project Jick undertakes, to keep himself occupied in the heat of August.

4. Who are the members of Pete's hay crew at the beginning of the 1939 season, and what are their assigned duties?

5. After Mac requests fifty firefighters and a cook, what positions are assigned to Stanley and Jick?

6. When Jick sees Alec at the Double W Ranch, what are Alec's professional and personal circumstances?

7. Why is Cyrus better known by the nickname, "Wisdom?"

8. At the beginning of fire season in 1939, how does the Forest Service plan to cut costs?

9. Shortly after the death of Mac, what big question does Lisabeth ask of Jick?

10. How does Jick describe the avalanche of fire that fills the gulch, and why is the event significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the main theme of "English Creek?" Discuss the relevance of several plots and subplots to the main theme.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Doig divides "English Creek" into four Parts, each introduced by a blurb from the "Gros Ventre Weekly Gleaner." What is the significance of the divisions in the narrative? What function does each Part serve? How do the newspaper blurbs relate to the Parts?

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