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. Emma Lou has moved away from her childhood dreams of...

2. What appeals to Jerome about Emma?

3. Emma Lou's solution to Jerome's problems is to...

4. Jerome attempts to get the skunky smell out of the cabin by...

5. The Eppys like to have...

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Jerome feel better about the lonesomeness of his home?

2. After carving Charmine's gravestone, what is Jerome inspired to do next? Why?

3. Jerome tells Old Grouch that he dealt with sad people. What was so sad about Jerome's profession?

4. What can we assume about Emma, based on her trip through the blackberry patch and her prized beany?

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

6. Although Jerome is proud of the fireplace he built, he has walled up his stonemason's tools inside. Discuss why that might be.

7. How does Jerome deal with the rats who have nested in his wall?

8. Discuss Jerome's camping experience.

9. To what is Jerome referring, when he tells Old Grouch, "I have missed much."

10. What can we learn about the Eppy family, based on the description of their arrival at the redwood grove which would become their home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Written in 1948, Montgomery mentions Kildee's use of Dutch Cleanser and Clorox bleach. These products are still available to American consumers. However, there is much that has changed since this story was written. Comb through the story and find at least three examples of ideas and things that would be out of place if this story were written today. Compare and contrast Montgomery's story with a similar story that might be written today. You may need to do some research on the region of the northern California Redwoods.

Essay Topic 2

Explore the first real turning point in the story that bonds Kildee and Emma Lou, and drives an even more severe wedge between Emma Lou and Donald Cabot. What is the real source of Emma's and Jerome's grief? Why do they become so upset to lose one of the raccoons, when they have so many to enjoy? What qualities have they assigned to Charmine? Why do they not grieve, for example, the death of the pack rats who are killed by skunks?

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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