Jason's Gold Test | 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. Where do Jason and the old man part ways?

2. How does Jason buy food and warming clothing?

3. How does Jason's dog help him?

4. What does Jason learn from some horse packers about his brothers?

5. What did Jason promise when he left his hometown?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who are Homer and Jamie Dunavant and what is their story?

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

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

6. What does Jason know about his brothers?

7. What does Jason see when he arrives in Skagway and what is the cost of living?

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

9. 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?

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

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

Hawthorn and Charlie have a breakthrough after the fire goes out. While Hawthorn thought he was taking care of Charlie, Charlie felt as if Hawthorn was telling him that he was useless. Working out the issue brought them much closer and turned their relationship into a productive one with both doing the chores.

1. Why do you think Charlie felt the way he did? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. What lesson might a person learn from this part of the book when dealing with handicapped people they meet in their lives? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. The fact that Jason and Charlie worked on the issue and communicated seems to have cleared up the problem. Do you think most problems between people are the result of lack or or poor communication? Why or why not? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

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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