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. Who was Athey's father?

2. What does a drunk in the barber shop do that prompts Athey to react angrily?

3. What does Jayber note about Port William now?

4. What is the nature of the relationship between Troy and Jimmy?

5. Who does Jayber take to a Christmas dance at a roadhouse?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author show that both Jayber and Athey are capable of having compassion even for people they do not like?

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

4. How does Jayber perceive that Troy is not worthy of being married to Mattie?

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

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

7. What are the sad circumstances that allow Jayber to spend more time with Mattie?

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

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

10. How is Mattie's daughter killed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Jayber and Troy. Both men had and have influence over Mattie but have their hold on her in very different ways. Why are their differences classic examples of conflict in drama? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?

Essay Topic 2

Project into the future ten years after the end of the novel and write a brief synopsis for Jayber's life. Will he still be alive? Who will be present in his life? Where will he be living? What will his thoughts about the world and religion be by this time? Explain.

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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