Jason's Gold Test | Mid-Book 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. What have some people resigned themselves to doing?

2. Upon what ship does Jason stow away?

3. Who saves Jason after he passes out on the trail?

4. What does Jack say is a fair trade for the outfit?

5. What kind of a job does Jason get?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the person in question #21 tell Jason and what does he offer Jason? How does Jason feel about the offer?

2. How does Jason get a canoe?

3. What does Jason think could stand in his way besides the weather?

4. How does Jason get a job in Skagway?

5. Who are Homer and Jamie Dunavant and what is their story?

6. What does Jason see when he arrives in Skagway and what is the cost of living?

7. What does Jason know about his brothers?

8. Why is Jason feeling pressured, what are some people going to do about the pressure and how does Jason feel about doing that?

9. What does one have to take to get to Canada and how does Jason manage it?

10. Why is Jason having a difficult time finding a boat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Just when Hawthorn is at his lowest, something happens or someone arrives to give him a boost or some kind of assistance. In chapter twelve, it was London who came to the rescue. In chapter thirteen, Hawthorn is buoyed by the sight of Jamie and Homer and then again when he is able to buy the canoe. Hawthorn's hope is restored.

1. Research narrative contrivance and decide if some of the "miraculous" interventions in Jason's life might qualify as such. Give your reasons why you do or do not believe the events are narrative contrivance. Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think in the present time people would be as kind and generous as some of the people are to Jason in this story? Why or why not? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. How important do you think hope is in the course of people's daily lives? Why or why not? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Hawthorn and Charlie have a breakthrough after the fire goes out. While Hawthorn thought he was taking care of Charlie, Charlie felt as if Hawthorn was telling him that he was useless. Working out the issue brought them much closer and turned their relationship into a productive one with both doing the chores.

1. Why do you think Charlie felt the way he did? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. What lesson might a person learn from this part of the book when dealing with handicapped people they meet in their lives? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. The fact that Jason and Charlie worked on the issue and communicated seems to have cleared up the problem. Do you think most problems between people are the result of lack or or poor communication? Why or why not? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Jason's Gold help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Jason's Gold? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Jason's Gold to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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