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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 Jason's hometown?

2. With whom does Jason leave the beach where he was thrown off the ship?

3. What does the younger man in the rail car like?

4. How do Jack and Jason act when they see each other again?

5. What kind of a job does Jason get?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why would the problem in question #29 stand in Jason's way? What does Jason wonder about himself?

5. How does Jason get a canoe?

6. How long does it take Jason to get across Bennett and what are his hopes?

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

8. On what date is Jason Hawthorn hawking papers, where is he, what is the big news and what does Jason want to have the opportunity to do?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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