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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. Where are Jason and his dog when they make it to the top of the answer to question #54?

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

4. Where is the place in question #11?

5. What had Jack suggested to Jason about moving the outfit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Where and with whom does Jason eat the day he meets Frank Barker?

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

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

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

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. 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?

10. What does Jason know about his brothers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Jason and Barker. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Jack London and Charlie. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Jason's Gold help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Jason matures and grows throughout the book.

1. What do you think might be some of the reasons Jason is maturing? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think Jason's maturity shown in the book is unrealistic in the short amount of time period the book covers? Why or why not?

3. Discuss the ways that Jason shows changes in his maturity in the book.

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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