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. Why might so many people who are stranded die?

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

3. What does Jason decide to do about finding a bear?

4. What does Charlie tell Jason about how he feels?

5. Who first found gold in the area?

Short Essay Questions

1. What arrives with May and what happens to the cabin where Jason and Charlie have been staying?

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

3. How does Jason meet Charlie?

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

5. How does Jason see Jamie again?

6. What are others doing with the caribou and what does Jason do?

7. Why is Jason frustrated with Charlie?

8. What mars Jason meeting up with Jack again?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Jason and Barker. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Jack London and Charlie. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Jason's Gold help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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