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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 change does Jerome make in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Grouch?
2. Emma tries to teach the raccoons, using...
3. Emma Lou does not tell Jerome that she and Ben..
4. Emma feels that Roger Donald is...
5. How does Jerome feel about carving a headstone for Charmine?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss Jerome's camping experience.
2. What is different now about Emma Lou's dinner invitation?
3. When Jerome wakes up, the little fawn is hungry. What makes this passage humorous?
4. Why does Jerome consider taking a floorboard out?
5. Write a short essay about the subtle clues regarding Jerome's life. This is something of a fantasy story, but there are real life elements that are only mentioned in passing. What are they, and what do they indicate?
6. What do we learn in this chapter about Jerome's marital status?
7. 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.
8. What breaks the ice between Jerome Kildee and Emma Lou Eppy?
9. What might Jerome mean when he tells Old Grouch that he was "licked" when he arrived here?
10. What makes Jerome feel better about the lonesomeness of his home?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Emma Lou has a full life, but not in the way children do today. Write an essay, gleaning from the story all of her chores and responsibilities. Compare and contrast Emma Lou's school day to today's child, and make a convincing argument for the simple life she lives. How does she spend her free time? Why are her interests focused on nature?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the reason Jerome sealed his stonecutting tools up in his fireplace. Used for something he had done all of his life, why would he want the tools to be unavailable? Speculate on his feelings about stonecutting when he built his little house, and how they may have changed over time. Try to draw an analogy to this decision of Jerome's.
Essay Topic 3
Why does Emma Lou seem to want all of these animals to be at Jerome's? Rather than chasing them away, she wants the families to have nests, and even secretly wants Monarch to live with him. Explore the passages in the story where the author makes it obvious that Emma Lou is encouraging this awkward situation. Is this totally self-centered on her part? Does she care about what Jerome wants?
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