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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. Who does Jason spot in Skagway working for the head of law enforcement?

2. Where are Jason and his dog when they make it to the top of the answer to question #54?

3. How does Jason buy food and warming clothing?

4. What does Jason recall Homer saying about this leg of the journey?

5. What of Jason's did his brothers use to get to Skagway?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the person in question #21 tell Jason and what does he offer Jason? How does Jason feel about the offer?

4. What does Jason know about his brothers?

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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