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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. The skunks and Emma Lou are...
2. Emma tries to teach the raccoons, using...
3. Who is Emma Lou Eppy?
4. Runt's new partner is...
5. Jerome thinks that Old Grouch is...
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jerome gather from Old Grouch's behavior while the baby skunks are under the house? What might his conclusions reveal about his own past?
2. Why is it nerve-wracking for Donald Roger to show up at Jerome's house in this chapter?
3. What makes Jerome feel better about the lonesomeness of his home?
4. What can we assume about Emma, based on her trip through the blackberry patch and her prized beany?
5. After carving Charmine's gravestone, what is Jerome inspired to do next? Why?
6. What does Jerome assume about the status of Papa skunk when the new babies arrive?
7. Write a short essay about the subtle clues regarding Jerome's life. This is something of a fantasy story, but there are real life elements that are only mentioned in passing. What are they, and what do they indicate?
8. Discuss Jerome's camping experience.
9. Looking back at this chapter, what stands out as ironic, given the outcome of the story?
10. Why does Jerome consider taking a floorboard out?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why does Emma Lou seem to want all of these animals to be at Jerome's? Rather than chasing them away, she wants the families to have nests, and even secretly wants Monarch to live with him. Explore the passages in the story where the author makes it obvious that Emma Lou is encouraging this awkward situation. Is this totally self-centered on her part? Does she care about what Jerome wants?
Essay Topic 2
Through the story we begin to see signs that Jerome is aging. Although it is not clear how old he is, he is obviously retired and slowing down. Do a careful reading of the story and discuss the signs of aging that Jerome increasingly displays.
Essay Topic 3
The two children in the story, Emma Lou Eppy and Donald Roger Cabot, are sworn enemies who deliberately think of ways to hurt one another. Is this an example of normal adolescent flirtation, or is there something more that separates the two children? What makes them so different from one another? Is there an underlying cause, besides a difference of opinion about hunting?
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