Kildee House Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Rutherford George Montgomery
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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. What does Emma Lou discover in the blackberry patch?

2. How does Mr. Grouch get in and out of the house?

3. Emma tries to teach the raccoons, using...

4. Where did Emma go to visit her aunt?

5. How does Jerome feel about Emma arming herself with a rifle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What activities seem to bring the two kids together? Why?

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

3. Why does Emma Lou, initially, want to pay a visit to Jerome?

4. Looking back at this chapter, what stands out as ironic, given the outcome of the story?

5. What is different now about Emma Lou's dinner invitation?

6. Jerome is more comfortable with Emma Lou and Donald now. Why?

7. 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.

8. What makes Emma so contentious and determined to battle with Donald Cabot?

9. When Emma proves that Monarch's mother was killed by a lion, how does she react? How does she feel about her reaction?

10. Discuss Donald's idea for solving Jerome's animal population explosion.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Emma Lou and Donald bring a lot of tension and worry to Jerome's formerly peaceful life. Identify it and describe what it is that causes him to be "fussed" much of the time. Is their friendship worth it to Jerome? How do they add to his life? What do they take from his life?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

There are several life lessons implied in this story. In terms of Kildee himself, what has he learned from the animals and children? Are these life lessons normally learned in old age? How could a man go through his life and not learn them until he is elderly? What might the conditions be?

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