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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. Why is Jason unable to find a boat to take him down the river?

2. How does Jason feel about Jack's offer?

3. What does Jason think while he is walking?

4. What did Jason promise when he left his hometown?

5. Why might Jason be stopped at customs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Jason learn at Mrs. Beal's boarding house that stuns him?

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

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

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

In Chapter 1, the reader is introduced to young Jason Hawthorn. Hawthorn is a fifteen-year-old boy who has just arrived in New York after taking ten months to cross the country from Seattle. Hawthorn feels he has something to prove and is determined to make it on his own. As a result, Hawthorn is growing up fast. Hawthorn has conviction above everything else.

1. What differences do you think the fact that a fifteen year old boy left home and traveled across the United States by himself in 1897 as opposed to an fifteen year old boy doing that in the present time? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. How do you think feeling like someone has something to prove can be harmful? How can it be helpful? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. What is conviction? What do you think it means a that Jason Hawthorn has conviction? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

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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