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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 is waiting for Jason at his brothers' home?

2. Where does everyone say the place to be is at the beginning of the book?

3. How does Jason eat as he heads towards Chilkoot?

4. How does Jason finally get the means to continue his journey?

5. Where do Jason's brothers live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does one have to take to get to Canada and how does Jason manage it?

2. 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?

3. What does Jason know about his brothers?

4. What happens on the river because of the number of people on it and who are on it besides Klondikers?

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

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

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

8. What do Jason and Charlie do when they leave the area of the cabin?

9. 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?

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

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

Chapter 8 shows a great deal about Hawthorn's character. Hawthorn cannot stand to see suffering, particularly when it comes about through cruelty. The horses and other animals that are killed or are left to die hurt Hawthorn's heart to the point that he can no longer look, although averting his eyes from the tragic scene is nearly impossible.

1. What does Jason hating the suffering of animals he sees say about what values he might hold? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. What do you think are the causes of people being cruel to the animals when it is not really necessary? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. What do you think should be the basic rights of animals and the responsibility of humans to those animals? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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