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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. Ray Overhold's climbs a tree to avoid being caught by his wife, _____________.

2. Who is the bank board member who sells the barber shop to Jayber?

3. How do most of the people in the region make a living?

4. What is Jayber's favorite duty in the church?

5. What is Stanley Gibbs' job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What allows Jayber to forgive Cecelia and Troy even though they are both people he does not like?

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

3. Why does Jayber buy a car?

4. Describe Jayber's move to the cabin and how he feels about such a transition.

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

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

7. What are some of Jayber's leftover thoughts as he nears the end of his life?

8. What symbols does the author use to portray little Jayber's shattered life?

9. Who is Clydie and what is Jayber's relationship with her?

10. Why does J begin to doubt the literal truth of the Bible?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Describe the role of the atypical family in JAYBER CROW: A NOVEL. What does it mean that Jayber has taken on the town of Port William as his family? How does this unusual family evolve in its support of each other? How typical is this family mentality to most Southern families living during this time period?

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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