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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 are the names of Jason's brothers?

2. Why might Jason be stopped at customs?

3. Where does Jason go in Chapter 13?

4. What does Jason wonder when he prepares to leave again?

5. What does Jason say about his parents?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. What is in the letter Abraham left for Jason and how is Jason's situation changed by what he learns?

5. What does Jason use his earnings for and why does he end up collapsed on the trail?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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