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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. Donald Roger has made a habit of...
2. What does Jerome consider his last masterpiece as a stone cutter?
3. What is the fate of Mrs. Grouch?
4. Now that Mrs. Grouch is gone, who will have to care for the children?
5. What is unique about Jerome's front wndow?
Short Essay Questions
1. What breaks the ice between Jerome Kildee and Emma Lou Eppy?
2. Looking back at this chapter, what stands out as ironic, given the outcome of the story?
3. How does Jerome deal with the rats who have nested in his wall?
4. 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?
5. Why does Jerome consider taking a floorboard out?
6. Although Jerome is proud of the fireplace he built, he has walled up his stonemason's tools inside. Discuss why that might be.
7. 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?
8. What can we learn about the Eppy family, based on the description of their arrival at the redwood grove which would become their home?
9. What might Jerome mean when he tells Old Grouch that he was "licked" when he arrived here?
10. Why would a person use a store window for the front of his 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
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 3
Through the story we begin to see signs that Jerome is aging. Although it is not clear how old he is, he is obviously retired and slowing down. Do a careful reading of the story and discuss the signs of aging that Jerome increasingly displays.
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