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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 use for a weapon?
2. How does Old Grouch demonstrate his indifference as a parent?
3. Jerome is a bit worried at the end of this chapter because...
4. On what side of the nest does Mr. Grouch sleep?
5. Why does Emma Lou dislike the other neighbor, Donald?
Short Essay Questions
1. Donald is spying on Jerome Kildee's house from the woods. What might this tell us about the time of history in which the book was written?
2. 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.
3. Discuss Ben's visit to Jerome. What do we learn about the Eppys and Ben in this chapter?
4. Looking back at this chapter, what stands out as ironic, given the outcome of the story?
5. Although Jerome is proud of the fireplace he built, he has walled up his stonemason's tools inside. Discuss why that might be.
6. Why does Strong Heart come barking toward Jerome's house? What happens to him?
7. What gives Jerome happiness in this first chapter of the story?
8. How does Jerome deal with the rats who have nested in his wall?
9. What breaks the ice between Jerome Kildee and Emma Lou Eppy?
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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Based upon the date the story was written, speculate the origins of the Eppy family. Could they have been refugees from the dust bowl disaster? Consider Emma Lou's propensity to carry on a feud, as well as her family yell. Compose a fictional account of the Eppys' journey to northern California.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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