Jason's Gold Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How much does Jason decide to borrow from his brothers?

2. What is the name of the first lake Jason has to cross?

3. Where did Jason work in his hometown?

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

5. Why are many of the people Jason meets heading back to Skagway going there?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Homer's last poem at Dawson City about and what does Jamie say to Jason about possibilities in the future?

2. What mars Jason meeting up with Jack again?

3. Why is Jason having a difficult time finding a boat?

4. How does the option in question #45 work out for Jason?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. How does Jason get a job in Skagway?

8. What mistake does Jason make with a bull moose and what is the result?

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

10. How does Jason get a canoe?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Chapter 1, the reader is introduced to young Jason Hawthorn. Hawthorn is a fifteen-year-old boy who has just arrived in New York after taking ten months to cross the country from Seattle. Hawthorn feels he has something to prove and is determined to make it on his own. As a result, Hawthorn is growing up fast. Hawthorn has conviction above everything else.

1. What differences do you think the fact that a fifteen year old boy left home and traveled across the United States by himself in 1897 as opposed to an fifteen year old boy doing that in the present time? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

2. How do you think feeling like someone has something to prove can be harmful? How can it be helpful? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

3. What is conviction? What do you think it means a that Jason Hawthorn has conviction? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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