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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 happens to Jason's dog while they are fighting bear?
2. What does Charlie tell Jason about how he feels?
3. What is the part of the Yukon that splits into five channels called?
4. What does spring do for the river?
5. Why are Jamie and Homer leaving Dawson City?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are others doing with the caribou and what does Jason do?
2. How does Jason's decision about paddling work out and what does he near at the end of Chapter 14?
3. What lies ahead on the river, who manages to pass it and how does the crowd feel about him?
4. How does Jason's initial attempt to see Jamie go?
5. What do Jason and Charlie do when they leave the area of the cabin?
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. What do Jason and Charlie do in spite of their dire situation and what does Jason then decide to do about their situation?
8. What does Jason know he must do at the river and how does King help him?
9. How does Jason find the bear?
10. Why is Jason frustrated with Charlie?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Hawthorn and Charlie have a breakthrough after the fire goes out. While Hawthorn thought he was taking care of Charlie, Charlie felt as if Hawthorn was telling him that he was useless. Working out the issue brought them much closer and turned their relationship into a productive one with both doing the chores.
1. Why do you think Charlie felt the way he did? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.
2. What lesson might a person learn from this part of the book when dealing with handicapped people they meet in their lives? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.
3. The fact that Jason and Charlie worked on the issue and communicated seems to have cleared up the problem. Do you think most problems between people are the result of lack or or poor communication? Why or why not? 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
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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