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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 kind of a job does Jason get?

2. What does Jason wonder when he arrives at Lake Bennett?

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

4. What might stand in Jason's way besides the weather?

5. What is the name of Homer's boat?

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. Why would the problem in question #29 stand in Jason's way? What does Jason wonder about himself?

3. What does Jason encounter on his way towards Chilkoot and what does he wish about the crowds?

4. Upon what ship is Jason stowed away on, what does he hear and what can he not know because of the noise?

5. How does Jason get his dog, King, and what happens to the previous owner?

6. What does Jason find out when he arrives in Bennett and what does he wonder about as far as what to do?

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

8. What kind of fantasy does Jason think about and what does he think his brothers will do about the news?

9. When Jason comes back to Skagway, what are people complaining about, who is head of law enforcement and who is working with him?

10. Where does Jason go in Chapter 13, what does he get and what does he do with it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Jason's Gold" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

"Jason's Gold" belongs to the young adult adventure genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young adult adventure genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a Mainstream novel and a young adult adventure novel?

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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