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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. For what does a man want to hire Jason?

2. What are the names of Jason's brothers?

3. Where does Jason go in Chapter 13?

4. Why is Jason unable to find a boat to take him down the river?

5. Where do Jason's brothers work?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How long does it take Jason to get across Bennett and what are his hopes?

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

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

5. What is in the letter Abraham left for Jason and how is Jason's situation changed by what he learns?

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

7. What does Jason learn at Mrs. Beal's boarding house that stuns him?

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

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

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

Jason's Gold, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy (or at least optimistic) note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Jason's Gold" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Jason's Gold" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Kristina is no exception.

1. Trace and analyze situations where Jason demonstrates his fear and hopelessness. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Jason's character flaws, and explain how they create a more complex and believable character. How do you think Jason's character flaws make some situations more difficult for him?

3. After analyzing Jason's strengths and weaknesses, decide if Jason is the "hero" of the story. Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 1, the reader is introduced to young Jason Hawthorn. Hawthorn is a fifteen-year-old boy who has just arrived in New York after taking ten months to cross the country from Seattle. Hawthorn feels he has something to prove and is determined to make it on his own. As a result, Hawthorn is growing up fast. Hawthorn has conviction above everything else.

1. What differences do you think the fact that a fifteen year old boy left home and traveled across the United States by himself in 1897 as opposed to an fifteen year old boy doing that in the present time? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. How do you think feeling like someone has something to prove can be harmful? How can it be helpful? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. What is conviction? What do you think it means a that Jason Hawthorn has conviction? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

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