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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 much does Jason decide to borrow from his brothers?

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

3. Where did Jason work in his hometown?

4. Why is Jason beginning to feel more pressure about reaching his goal?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What mars Jason meeting up with Jack again?

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

4. How does the option in question #45 work out for Jason?

5. 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?

6. What does Jason notice about the world around him as he is paddling, what does he see for the first time and what does he decide to do?

7. How does Jason get a job in Skagway?

8. What mistake does Jason make with a bull moose and what is the result?

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

10. How does Jason get a canoe?

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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