Jason's Gold Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 much does Jason decide to borrow from his brothers?

2. What is the name of the first lake Jason has to cross?

3. Where did Jason work in his hometown?

4. Why is Jason beginning to feel more pressure about reaching his goal?

5. Why are many of the people Jason meets heading back to Skagway going there?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Homer's last poem at Dawson City about and what does Jamie say to Jason about possibilities in the future?

2. What mars Jason meeting up with Jack again?

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

4. How does the option in question #45 work out for Jason?

5. 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?

6. What does Jason notice about the world around him as he is paddling, what does he see for the first time and what does he decide to do?

7. How does Jason get a job in Skagway?

8. What mistake does Jason make with a bull moose and what is the result?

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

10. How does Jason get a canoe?

Essay Topics

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.

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Jason's Gold", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that most likely Hobbs wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Hobbs' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

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