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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 does Jason wonder when he prepares to leave again?

2. What had Jack suggested to Jason about moving the outfit?

3. What are Jamie and Homer going to do?

4. What is waiting for Jason at his brothers' home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Where does Jason go in Chapter 13, what does he get and what does he do with it?

9. How does Jason get a job in Skagway?

10. How does Jason keep himself going and what do some people he meets want to know about his dog?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Hawthorn's initial gut feeling proves to be correct. After being wowed by the luxury of Smith's stateroom and everything that wealth has to offer, Hawthorn learns that the group is nothing more than a ring of thieves. No matter how much Barker insists that Hawthorn join them, Hawthorn will not budge. Hawthorn's father fought in the Civil War and was an honorable man. To take part in Smith's operation would tarnish his honor and, in turn, his father's honor.

1. Discuss how the cliche: A wolf in sheep's clothing, relates to the above paragraph. Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. Why do you think it is important to Jason that he does not tarnish his father's honor? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. What does it say to you about Jason's character that he does not get seduced by the wealth Barker and the others show him but remains true to his values? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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