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Rutherford George Montgomery
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Old Grouch's children arrive...
(a) With a couple of new children
(b) With new spouses
(c) With more aggressive attitude
(d) With a supply of food

2. What does Emma Lou discover in the blackberry patch?
(a) A raccoon
(b) A bobcat
(c) A skunk
(d) A small fawn

3. Emma Lou has been helping her mother, Cilly, by...
(a) Scrubbing floors
(b) Hanging out clothes
(c) Cooking breakfast
(d) Turning the washer ringer

4. By chewing up his letters, what do the mice accomplish for Jerome?
(a) They provide warmth
(b) They clean out the box under his bed for him
(c) He no longer needs to think about the past
(d) He does not have to burn them now

5. Emma saves an orphaned deer from being killed by...
(a) A cougar
(b) Roger Donald
(c) Raccoons
(d) Strong Heart

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Emma Lou's brother, Ben, pay a visit to Jerome?

2. On what side of the nest does Mr. Grouch sleep?

3. Now that Mrs. Grouch is gone, who will have to care for the children?

4. What do we know about Jerome's past?

5. What breed is Strong-Heart?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the sense of mourning in the house over Charmine's demise.

2. What gives Jerome happiness in this first chapter of the story?

3. When Jerome wakes up, the little fawn is hungry. What makes this passage humorous?

4. What can we assume about Emma, based on her trip through the blackberry patch and her prized beany?

5. How does Emma Lou know the mountain lion is gone? Why doesn't she tell Jerome?

6. Why does Jerome consider taking a floorboard out?

7. What do we learn in this chapter about Jerome's marital status?

8. There is a telling sentence about Jerome's relationships with women in the description of Emma Lou. Do a close reading and discuss some possible meanings.

9. What makes Jerome feel better about the lonesomeness of his home?

10. Donald is spying on Jerome Kildee's house from the woods. What might this tell us about the time of history in which the book was written?

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