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. The skunks and Emma Lou are...
2. The Eppy house was located...
3. How does Jerome feel about carving a headstone for Charmine?
4. Moving Runt's box requires Jerome to...
5. Who is Emma Lou Eppy?
Short Essay Questions
1. Looking back at this chapter, what stands out as ironic, given the outcome of the story?
2. What does Jerome assume about the status of Papa skunk when the new babies arrive?
3. Briefly summarize up the happy-ending pieces to this story.
4. How do Jim Hinkle and Jerome become friends?
5. Why has Donald come to visit Jerome?
6. What can the reader deduce about Jerome's cooking skills? Why?
7. Although Jerome has given up stonecutting, his reaction to making Charmine's gravestone is interesting. Discuss what might be happening in this regard.
8. Discuss Jerome's scheme. Was he taking a risk? Why, or why not?
9. What makes Jerome feel better about the lonesomeness of his home?
10. Is there some symbolism in Jerome experiencing the huge storm that moved his redwood tree?
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the reason Jerome sealed his stonecutting tools up in his fireplace. Used for something he had done all of his life, why would he want the tools to be unavailable? Speculate on his feelings about stonecutting when he built his little house, and how they may have changed over time. Try to draw an analogy to this decision of Jerome's.
Essay Topic 2
The dogs in this story are functional members of their owners' farms. They are not coddled or groomed, but perform work to earn their keep. Write an essay on the history of using dogs for hunting in earlier decades. What other jobs were performed by hounds and Dobermans? Compare them to the same breeds today, and discuss their function in today's household.
Essay Topic 3
There are many clues throughout the story that suggest that Donald Cabot comes from a wealthy family, including his dog who is of the "bluest blood." Do a careful reading and determine what kind of people the Cabots are, and what kind of kid Donald is. Is he spoiled and indulged? Does he take for granted his resources and his family's position? Prove your point with text.
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