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's mother is...

2. What change does Jerome make in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Grouch?

3. By chewing up his letters, what do the mice accomplish for Jerome?

4. Now that Mrs. Grouch is gone, who will have to care for the children?

5. Jerome decides to use his stonecutter's tools to make...

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly summarize up the happy-ending pieces to this story.

2. How do Jim Hinkle and Jerome become friends?

3. When Jerome wakes up, the little fawn is hungry. What makes this passage humorous?

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

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

6. Discuss Jerome's scheme. Was he taking a risk? Why, or why not?

7. Why has Donald come to visit Jerome?

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

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

10. What becomes clear about Donald's need to compete with Emma Lou? What is his problem with her?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Jerome is able to bridge the gap between the two cultures of the Eppys and the Cabots. How does he do this? Is it inadvertent? From what social class is Jerome Kildee, himself?

Essay Topic 2

How does Montgomery deal with the authoritative nature of Jim Hinkle? Is Hinkle an aggressive or over-zealous enforcer of the law? How does Emma Lou's attitude change toward game wardens after spending a day with Jim Hinkle? Why would HInkle come from Santa Cruz all the way up to the redwoods to check on this complaint?

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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