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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 the older man say he would give up everything?

2. What does Jason's brother say will be the split if they find gold?

3. What does Jack say about seeing Jason again?

4. How heavy is the outfit?

5. What is the name of the first lake Jason has to cross?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Jason get a job in Skagway?

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

4. 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?

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

6. What does Jason know about his brothers?

7. How does Jason get a canoe?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Chapter 8 shows a great deal about Hawthorn's character. Hawthorn cannot stand to see suffering, particularly when it comes about through cruelty. The horses and other animals that are killed or are left to die hurt Hawthorn's heart to the point that he can no longer look, although averting his eyes from the tragic scene is nearly impossible.

1. What does Jason hating the suffering of animals he sees say about what values he might hold? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. What do you think are the causes of people being cruel to the animals when it is not really necessary? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. What do you think should be the basic rights of animals and the responsibility of humans to those animals? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Many people were running from their problems, such as jobs they hated, marriages which were bad or escaping from relatives they did not like, by leaving for the gold fields. Many realized very quickly that no matter how far they ran their character flaws were always there.

1. Running from problems by going somewhere else is called a "geographic cure." Discuss what do you think this means.

2. Do you believe taking the geographic cure is a good idea or a bad idea? Why or why not? Could it be different depending on the circumstance?

3. Discuss two situations that might respond well to a geographic cure and two that wouldn't be helped with on. Does Jason's determination to go to the gold field seem like a geographical cure? Why or why not?

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