Jason's Gold Test | 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. What does the head of law enforcement do the most?

2. Upon what ship does Jason stow away?

3. In what year does this book begin?

4. How does Jason finally get the means to continue his journey?

5. What does the younger man in the rail car like?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jason get a job in Skagway?

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

3. Where does Jason go in Chapter 13, what does he get and what does he do with it?

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

5. What does Jason find out when he arrives in Bennett and what does he wonder about as far as what to do?

6. What does Jason know about his brothers?

7. What does Jason see when he arrives in Skagway and what is the cost of living?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Jason's Gold" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Jason's Gold" is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that "Jason's Gold" is primarily for entertainment changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Jason's Gold" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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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