Jason's Gold Test | Final 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. What does Charlie point out to Jason?

2. What does Jason decide about when to pull over and rest?

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

4. What does Jason finally realize about where the bear might be?

5. How does the crowd feel when the person in question #113 makes it through the rapids?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jason decide is their only option for survival?

2. What lies ahead on the river, who manages to pass it and how does the crowd feel about him?

3. How does Jason finally get to see Jamie and what does she tell him?

4. How does Jason find his brothers and what kind of prank does he decide to play?

5. How does Jason's decision about paddling work out and what does he near at the end of Chapter 14?

6. What is Jason trying to hide from Charlie and when Charlie discovers it what does the boy realize? What is Jason's response?

7. What significant day is coming up in Chapter 22 and how is that time of year affecting the people in the area?

8. How does Jason meet Charlie?

9. 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?

10. How does Jason's initial attempt to see Jamie go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Jason's Gold help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Jason's Gold? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in Jason's Gold to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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