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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 becomes the topic of conversation across the country?

2. What is Jason's hometown?

3. For what does a man want to hire Jason?

4. Upon what ship does Jason stow away?

5. What is Jason Hawthorn standing in front of with his newspapers?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jason get a canoe?

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

3. 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?

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 does Jason use his earnings for and why does he end up collapsed on the trail?

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

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

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

9. With whom does Jason meet up again at the beginning of Chapter 12 and what do they do when they see each other?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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