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. Who is performing at the theater where Jason's brothers take him?

2. In what month does spring thaw arrive where Jason is staying?

3. What does Jason pick to eat to prevent scurvy?

4. What makes the trip more pleasant for Jason?

5. What does Jason see for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Jason and Charlie do when they leave the area of the cabin?

2. What happens on the river because of the number of people on it and who are on it besides Klondikers?

3. What is Homer's last poem at Dawson City about and what does Jamie say to Jason about possibilities in the future?

4. Where does Jason wake up after his accident?

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

6. What happens when Jason is at the bear cave?

7. What do Jason and Charlie do after he meets up with his brothers?

8. What does Jason know he must do at the river and how does King help him?

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

10. How does Jason see Jamie again?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Jason's Gold", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

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