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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 Topic 1
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 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
Hawthorn's initial gut feeling proves to be correct. After being wowed by the luxury of Smith's stateroom and everything that wealth has to offer, Hawthorn learns that the group is nothing more than a ring of thieves. No matter how much Barker insists that Hawthorn join them, Hawthorn will not budge. Hawthorn's father fought in the Civil War and was an honorable man. To take part in Smith's operation would tarnish his honor and, in turn, his father's honor.
1. Discuss how the cliche: A wolf in sheep's clothing, relates to the above paragraph. Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.
2. Why do you think it is important to Jason that he does not tarnish his father's honor? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.
3. What does it say to you about Jason's character that he does not get seduced by the wealth Barker and the others show him but remains true to his values? Use examples from Jason's Gold and your own life to support your answer.
This section contains 555 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)