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. Where does Jayber keep his money?

2. Who are the black family who lives across the river from Jayber's aunt and uncle's farm?

3. What is notable about Dark Tom?

4. What business does Uncle Othy have?

5. Who does Mattie Keith marry?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jayber discover as he revisits the sites of his childhood?

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

4. Who does Jonas live with after his parents die?

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

6. Where is Jayber Crow's barber shop located and who are his patrons?

7. Why is J conflicted about the scholarship opportunity and his own personality?

8. What role does gardening fill in Jayber's 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

The author uses more than one instance of irony in the book. Cite at least two examples you can identify in the novel and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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