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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 many boats are leaving the shore each day?

2. What worries people who are on the boat?

3. What did Homer sell to come to the gold fields?

4. Where did Jason work in his hometown?

5. What is Jason's hometown?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are Homer and Jamie Dunavant and what is their story?

2. Where and with whom does Jason eat the day he meets Frank Barker?

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

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

5. On what date is Jason Hawthorn hawking papers, where is he, what is the big news and what does Jason want to have the opportunity to do?

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

7. 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?

8. Why is Jason feeling pressured, what are some people going to do about the pressure and how does Jason feel about doing that?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Jason's Gold" belongs to the young adult adventure genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young adult adventure genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a Mainstream novel and a young adult adventure novel?

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

Hawthorn and Charlie have a breakthrough after the fire goes out. While Hawthorn thought he was taking care of Charlie, Charlie felt as if Hawthorn was telling him that he was useless. Working out the issue brought them much closer and turned their relationship into a productive one with both doing the chores.

1. Why do you think Charlie felt the way he did? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. What lesson might a person learn from this part of the book when dealing with handicapped people they meet in their lives? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. The fact that Jason and Charlie worked on the issue and communicated seems to have cleared up the problem. Do you think most problems between people are the result of lack or or poor communication? Why or why not? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

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