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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. Who saves Jason after he passes out on the trail?

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

3. Why is Jason beginning to feel more pressure about reaching his goal?

4. What worries people who are on the boat?

5. How much food is each prospector required to carry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. When Jason comes back to Skagway, what are people complaining about, who is head of law enforcement and who is working with him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jason matures and grows throughout the book.

1. What do you think might be some of the reasons Jason is maturing? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think Jason's maturity shown in the book is unrealistic in the short amount of time period the book covers? Why or why not?

3. Discuss the ways that Jason shows changes in his maturity in the book.

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

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Jason's Gold" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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