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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 food does Jayber recall Dark Tom's dog eating?

2. When Jayber first opened his shop, the generation that was old and dying remembered _______________.

3. What is notable about Dark Tom?

4. Who takes over Stanley Gibbs' job when he dies?

5. Who is Dr. Ardmire?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jayber not serve in the army during the war?

2. Describe what life is like for J during his school years.

3. Why is Jayber's last encounter with Mattie so bittersweet?

4. What is Jayber's life like once he moves to the river?

5. What does Jayber consider to be the biggest difference between Troy and Mattie?

6. How does Jayber perceive that Troy is not worthy of being married to Mattie?

7. What lesson does the young Athey learn when his father puts him in charge of killing hogs one day?

8. Why does Jayber buy a car?

9. What are the sad circumstances that allow Jayber to spend more time with Mattie?

10. How does little Jonas get the nickname "J?"

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Jayber and Troy. Both men had and have influence over Mattie but have their hold on her in very different ways. Why are their differences classic examples of conflict in drama? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?

Essay Topic 2

The frustration of unfulfilled affection touches several characters in the story. Name at least two characters who experience unfulfilled love and the situations that occur as a result.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses several instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an instance of foreshadowing.

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