Jayber Crow: A Novel Test | Final 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. Jayber and ____________ are with Athey when he dies.

2. Jayber cannot understand why _____________________.

3. What habit does Jayber begin again?

4. What hope does Cecelia have for newcomers to town?

5. Who is the grandson who spends a lot of time with Athey?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jayber come to realize about the community and the inevitable changes in life?

2. How does Jayber struggle by being married to Mattie in his heart only?

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

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

5. What are the forces that prompt Jayber to move to the river?

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

7. How do Jayber and Athey become good friends?

8. How does Jayber adjust to the changing world in the 1960s?

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

10. What has happened in the Keith family that makes Troy feel as if he is free from any further obligations?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Explain the ongoing conflict between Jayber and Cecelia Overhold. What are the main sources of the conflict? Why does it perpetuate? What does Jayber learn about the source of Cecelia's true anger? Explain.

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