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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 river is Jayber intent on seeing after he leaves Lexington?

2. What business does Uncle Othy have?

3. With what element of nature is Jayber especially fascinated?

4. Whose hair is hardest to cut according to Jayber?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is J torn between the ministry and a secular life?

2. What does Jayber do after he has made the decision to leave college?

3. What is Jayber's tone as he, now an old man, recalls his life?

4. Why does Jayber feel he has betrayed Athey when he talks to Troy about farming?

5. Who are some of the friends and neighbors little Jonas calls aunt and uncle while living with Othy and Cordie?

6. What is Jayber's obsession with Mattie?

7. What are Jayber's perceptions of the war?

8. Describe the dream Jayber has that includes many of his old friends.

9. How does the author use foreshadowing regarding Jayber's interest in Mattie Keith?

10. What does Jayber realize as he begins to pray again?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The search for love is an important theme in JAYBER CROW: A NOVEL. Can you cite an example to support this theme? Name two other themes and cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

What is the overall setting for the novel? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Berry choose to use these places in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Does Berry end the story on a note of hope for Jayber or the continuance of his struggle to come to terms with flawed relationships and evolving trends and ways of life? Give your perspective and two reasons to support your answer.

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