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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 must Jason pass in order to feel safe?
2. To what is Dawson City compared?
3. What are the merchants on the river selling?
4. What does spring do for the river?
5. With what does Jason struggle after he shoots a caribou?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Jason and Charlie do in spite of their dire situation and what does Jason then decide to do about their situation?
2. What are others doing with the caribou and what does Jason do?
3. How does Jason's decision about paddling work out and what does he near at the end of Chapter 14?
4. What happens when Jason is at the bear cave?
5. What does Jason know he must do at the river and how does King help him?
6. How does Jason find his brothers and what kind of prank does he decide to play?
7. What happens on the river because of the number of people on it and who are on it besides Klondikers?
8. How does Jason's initial attempt to see Jamie go?
9. What mistake does Jason make with a bull moose and what is the result?
10. What does Jason worry about at the lake and what does he decide he has to have?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of change. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with change? Why? What are some symbols of change? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of perseverance. Which characters seem to have a great deal of perseverance and which do not? Why? Which characters seem really determined and courageous? Why?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of death. How did the death of Jason's father affect him? What about his dog, King? How was his reaction to both deaths similar and different?
4. Discuss why Abraham and Ethan leaving Seattle without Jason was a type of death for the Hawthorn family. Use examples from the book to illustrate your discussion.
Essay Topic 2
Just when Hawthorn is at his lowest, something happens or someone arrives to give him a boost or some kind of assistance. In chapter twelve, it was London who came to the rescue. In chapter thirteen, Hawthorn is buoyed by the sight of Jamie and Homer and then again when he is able to buy the canoe. Hawthorn's hope is restored.
1. Research narrative contrivance and decide if some of the "miraculous" interventions in Jason's life might qualify as such. Give your reasons why you do or do not believe the events are narrative contrivance. Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.
2. Do you think in the present time people would be as kind and generous as some of the people are to Jason in this story? Why or why not? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.
3. How important do you think hope is in the course of people's daily lives? Why or why not? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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