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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are the rapids considered so dangerous?

2. How does Jason end up dealing with the bear or bears?

3. How long are the rapids that are ahead of Jason?

4. What does Charlie point out to Jason?

5. What do the boys do to pass the time?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many people were running from their problems, such as jobs they hated, marriages which were bad or escaping from relatives they did not like, by leaving for the gold fields. Many realized very quickly that no matter how far they ran their character flaws were always there.

1. Running from problems by going somewhere else is called a "geographic cure." Discuss what do you think this means.

2. Do you believe taking the geographic cure is a good idea or a bad idea? Why or why not? Could it be different depending on the circumstance?

3. Discuss two situations that might respond well to a geographic cure and two that wouldn't be helped with on. Does Jason's determination to go to the gold field seem like a geographical cure? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Jason's Gold".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Jason's Gold". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Jason's Gold". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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