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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. After coffee and a smoke, Ben tells Jerome...
2. Mama and Papa are taking their babies out at night to...
3. What drew Cilly to the ramshackle house in the grove?
4. What breed is Strong-Heart?
5. The Eppy house was located...
Short Essay Questions
1. Jerome is more comfortable with Emma Lou and Donald now. Why?
2. What activities seem to bring the two kids together? Why?
3. What gives Jerome happiness in this first chapter of the story?
4. Discuss Donald's idea for solving Jerome's animal population explosion.
5. Is there some symbolism in Jerome experiencing the huge storm that moved his redwood tree?
6. Discuss what Emma has managed to teach the skunks to do as tricks.
7. Why does Strong Heart come barking toward Jerome's house? What happens to him?
8. What new thing does the reader learn about Jerome Kildee in this chapter?
9. What can we assume about Emma, based on her trip through the blackberry patch and her prized beany?
10. Discuss the pipe smoking among the Eppy men. Would this seem unusual today?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Much of the Kildee House story is involved with wild animals. Find the ways in which the author uses the animals as symbolism, and to draw parallels to human life.
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
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?
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