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. Jerome begins to be aware of the fact that...

2. What is keeping Jerome awake at night?

3. What drew Cilly to the ramshackle house in the grove?

4. Emma Lou Eppy could be described as...

5. How did Charmine punish the runt of her litter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Jerome's camping experience.

2. Looking back at this chapter, what stands out as ironic, given the outcome of the story?

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

4. Why does Jerome consider taking a floorboard out?

5. Although Jerome has given up stonecutting, his reaction to making Charmine's gravestone is interesting. Discuss what might be happening in this regard.

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

7. What makes Emma so contentious and determined to battle with Donald Cabot?

8. What breaks the ice between Jerome Kildee and Emma Lou Eppy?

9. Why would a person use a store window for the front of his home?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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