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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. How much does Jason decide to borrow from his brothers?

2. What is the name of the first lake Jason has to cross?

3. Where did Jason work in his hometown?

4. Why is Jason beginning to feel more pressure about reaching his goal?

5. Why are many of the people Jason meets heading back to Skagway going there?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Homer's last poem at Dawson City about and what does Jamie say to Jason about possibilities in the future?

2. What mars Jason meeting up with Jack again?

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

4. How does the option in question #45 work out for Jason?

5. What does Barker talk about at dinner, what does Barker try to get Jason to do, what is Jason's reply and what is Barker's response?

6. What does Jason notice about the world around him as he is paddling, what does he see for the first time and what does he decide to do?

7. How does Jason get a job in Skagway?

8. What mistake does Jason make with a bull moose and what is the result?

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

10. How does Jason get a canoe?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Something in Hawthorn breaks when he sees the man drowning his dogs. Hawthorn feels that by standing by silent he is in some way responsible for the dogs' deaths. It is clear to Hawthorn that something has happened to the man, that Klondicitis has caused him to lose his senses just like many others. Hawthorn begins to wonder if he has lost his mind.

1. Do you think Jason is correct that he is responsible for the dogs' deaths if he does nothing to stop them? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think a student who sees something wrong being done by other students is as guilty as the student doing the act? Why or why not? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. There are studies that show that many people who hear or see an act of violence taking place ignore it, to the extent of not even calling 911 on a cell phone. What do you think are the reasons people ignore violence? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Jason's Gold is? Explain your response.

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