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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 many boats are leaving the shore each day?

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

3. Why does Jason become sick on the trail?

4. What does Jason name his dog?

5. To what does Jason compare himself as he walks?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jason get a canoe?

2. How does Jason get off the beach where the sailors dumped him?

3. How does Jason keep himself going and what do some people he meets want to know about his dog?

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

5. On what date is Jason Hawthorn hawking papers, where is he, what is the big news and what does Jason want to have the opportunity to do?

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

7. What does the old man on the train talk about that does not interest Jason much and what does he learn from the old man?

8. What do Jamie and Homer do that amazes the crowds and what does Homer say about the location?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Jason's Gold" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Jason's Gold" is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that "Jason's Gold" is primarily for entertainment changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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