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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 does Jason finally get the means to continue his journey?

2. With whom does Jason leave the beach where he was thrown off the ship?

3. What do Jason and Jack do when they meet up again?

4. Where is the place in question #11?

5. What have some people resigned themselves to doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens on the river because of the number of people on it and who are on it besides Klondikers?

2. What lies ahead on the river, who manages to pass it and how does the crowd feel about him?

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

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

5. Where does Jason wake up after his accident?

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

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

8. What is Jason trying to hide from Charlie and when Charlie discovers it what does the boy realize? What is Jason's response?

9. How does Jason get a job in Skagway?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Jason's Gold".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Jason's Gold". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Jason's Gold". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Hawthorn's initial gut feeling proves to be correct. After being wowed by the luxury of Smith's stateroom and everything that wealth has to offer, Hawthorn learns that the group is nothing more than a ring of thieves. No matter how much Barker insists that Hawthorn join them, Hawthorn will not budge. Hawthorn's father fought in the Civil War and was an honorable man. To take part in Smith's operation would tarnish his honor and, in turn, his father's honor.

1. Discuss how the cliche: A wolf in sheep's clothing, relates to the above paragraph. Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. Why do you think it is important to Jason that he does not tarnish his father's honor? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. What does it say to you about Jason's character that he does not get seduced by the wealth Barker and the others show him but remains true to his values? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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