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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. Why might Jason be stopped at customs?

2. Why is Jason unable to find a boat to take him down the river?

3. How old is Jason on this adventure?

4. What does Frank Barker want Jason to do?

5. What is the name of Homer's boat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Jason get a canoe?

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

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

5. How does Jason get off the beach where the sailors dumped him?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Kristina is no exception.

1. Trace and analyze situations where Jason demonstrates his fear and hopelessness. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Jason's character flaws, and explain how they create a more complex and believable character. How do you think Jason's character flaws make some situations more difficult for him?

3. After analyzing Jason's strengths and weaknesses, decide if Jason is the "hero" of the story. Explain your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of change. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with change? Why? What are some symbols of change? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of perseverance. Which characters seem to have a great deal of perseverance and which do not? Why? Which characters seem really determined and courageous? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death. How did the death of Jason's father affect him? What about his dog, King? How was his reaction to both deaths similar and different?

4. Discuss why Abraham and Ethan leaving Seattle without Jason was a type of death for the Hawthorn family. Use examples from the book to illustrate your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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