Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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?
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.
Is Jerome simply a former stonecutter? Discuss how his true talents come out in his old age, and what inspires him to become more creative. Why did he not use his creativity as much when he was working? What gap in his life might this new creativity fill?
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