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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 does the tavern keeper encourage Jonathan to do?

2. How does Jonathan's father's friend respond to Jonathan's questions on the way to the battle?

3. What does Jonathan hear soon after the battle with the Hessians?

4. What does Jonathan wonder about as he and the Hessians rest?

5. Who are the British in the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the Corporal described at the beginning of the story?

2. In what way does the Corporal mislead the soldiers as they head off to battle?

3. Why is Jonathan so eager to join the war effort in the beginning of the story?

4. Why has Jonathan's father prepared him to fight even though he is against it?

5. What triggers the start of the battle, and how does this set the tone for the battle?

6. How do the soldiers react to the woman in Rocktown when she runs away upon learning that enemy soldiers are on their way?

7. What is Jonathan's perception of the enemy soldiers as they come in closer range?

8. Once he has been taken prisoner, how does Jonathan try to guess the thoughts of his captors?

9. How does Jonathan feel about Hessians, as opposed to Tories?

10. Why does the youngest Hessian seem safer and more trustworthy to Jonathan than the other two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does the author accomplish by having the Hessians use a language that Jonathan cannot understand, but the reader can? How would the scene in which Jonathan is first taken prisoner be altered if Jonathan understood what his captors were saying? What impact would this have on the reader's experience?

Essay Topic 2

What event represents the climax of the novel? What is the significance of the choices Jonathan makes in this scene, in terms of his character development?

Essay Topic 3

Why does the author present the youngest Hessian as being so much more decent than the other two? What does this reveal about the author's vision of youth, and how does it relate to Jonathan's youth?

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