Jayber Crow: A Novel Test | Mid-Book 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 is the name of the town where Jayber lives?

2. What does Sam Hanks refuse to do when Jayber cuts his hair?

3. Where does Jayber go to college?

4. Who gives Jayber a ride as he walks toward the city in #42?

5. Why does Jayber enjoy cutting the hair of the older men?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the symbolism of the river in Jayber's life?

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

3. What is the Grandstand and what role does it serve for the men in the community?

4. How does J come to purchase the barber shop in Port William?

5. What role does gardening fill in Jayber's life?

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

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

8. Why does Jayber buy a car?

9. What is Cecelia Overhold's opinion of Port William?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Create a character study of Mattie Keith. What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Mattie?

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