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

2. Who is head of law enforcement in Skagway?

3. What kind of a job does Jason get?

4. To where is Jason heading when he passes back through Skagway?

5. What is a big topic of conversation in Skagway besides gold?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Jason worry about at the lake and what does he decide he has to have?

4. How does Jason get a canoe?

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

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

7. What lies ahead on the river, who manages to pass it and how does the crowd feel about him?

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

9. Where does Jason finally arrive in Chapter 14, how long does he stay and how many caribou are there?

10. How does Jason's initial attempt to see Jamie go?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Jason's Gold, like many, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy (or at least optimistic) note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Jason's Gold" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Jason's Gold" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Just when Hawthorn is at his lowest, something happens or someone arrives to give him a boost or some kind of assistance. In chapter twelve, it was London who came to the rescue. In chapter thirteen, Hawthorn is buoyed by the sight of Jamie and Homer and then again when he is able to buy the canoe. Hawthorn's hope is restored.

1. Research narrative contrivance and decide if some of the "miraculous" interventions in Jason's life might qualify as such. Give your reasons why you do or do not believe the events are narrative contrivance. Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think in the present time people would be as kind and generous as some of the people are to Jason in this story? Why or why not? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. How important do you think hope is in the course of people's daily lives? Why or why not? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

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