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 Jason lose as the bear comes out of the den?

2. How long does Jason stay at Lake Bennett?

3. Who has saved Jason when he is injured by the bull moose?

4. How long does Jason think it will take him to reach Dawson City after he leaves Lake Bennett?

5. How are conditions for Jason to walk about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does Jason finally arrive in Chapter 14, how long does he stay and how many caribou are there?

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

4. Why is Jason frustrated with Charlie?

5. How do the boys pass the time and what is learned about Henderson's story?

6. How does the option in question #45 work out for Jason?

7. What does Jason worry about at the lake and what does he decide he has to have?

8. 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?

9. How does Jason meet Charlie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Jason's Gold".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Jason's Gold". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Jason's Gold". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Kristina is no exception.

1. Trace and analyze situations where Jason demonstrates his fear and hopelessness. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Jason's character flaws, and explain how they create a more complex and believable character. How do you think Jason's character flaws make some situations more difficult for him?

3. After analyzing Jason's strengths and weaknesses, decide if Jason is the "hero" of the story. Explain your reasoning.

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.

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