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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. Jerome thinks that Old Grouch is...
2. What is Emma's weapon of choice?
3. Emma Lou's intention is to use her rifle to...
4. Why does Jerome take his tools out of the wall?
5. Emma is teaching the young skunks to...
Short Essay Questions
1. Although Jerome is proud of the fireplace he built, he has walled up his stonemason's tools inside. Discuss why that might be.
2. What might Jerome mean when he tells Old Grouch that he was "licked" when he arrived here?
3. After carving Charmine's gravestone, what is Jerome inspired to do next? Why?
4. What does Jerome gather from Old Grouch's behavior while the baby skunks are under the house? What might his conclusions reveal about his own past?
5. What is different now about Emma Lou's dinner invitation?
6. What does Jerome assume about the status of Papa skunk when the new babies arrive?
7. Looking back at this chapter, what stands out as ironic, given the outcome of the story?
8. 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.
9. Why does Strong Heart come barking toward Jerome's house? What happens to him?
10. How does Jerome deal with the rats who have nested in his wall?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
Is Jerome Kildee a poor man? If not, how does the reader know? Do a careful reading of the story and find passages that reveal hints about Jerome's financial status, and draw your conclusions in a persuasive essay.
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