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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 kind of a job does Jason get?

2. What will Jason have to do if he takes the outfit?

3. How much food is each prospector required to carry?

4. What might stand in Jason's way besides the weather?

5. For what does a man want to hire Jason?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Jason get his dog, King, and what happens to the previous owner?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Jason get a canoe?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Something in Hawthorn breaks when he sees the man drowning his dogs. Hawthorn feels that by standing by silent he is in some way responsible for the dogs' deaths. It is clear to Hawthorn that something has happened to the man, that Klondicitis has caused him to lose his senses just like many others. Hawthorn begins to wonder if he has lost his mind.

1. Do you think Jason is correct that he is responsible for the dogs' deaths if he does nothing to stop them? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think a student who sees something wrong being done by other students is as guilty as the student doing the act? Why or why not? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. There are studies that show that many people who hear or see an act of violence taking place ignore it, to the extent of not even calling 911 on a cell phone. What do you think are the reasons people ignore violence? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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