Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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. The skunks and Emma Lou are...
2. The Eppy house was located...
3. How does Jerome feel about carving a headstone for Charmine?
4. Moving Runt's box requires Jerome to...
5. Who is Emma Lou Eppy?
Short Essay Questions
1. Looking back at this chapter, what stands out as ironic, given the outcome of the story?
2. What does Jerome assume about the status of Papa skunk when the new babies arrive?
3. Briefly summarize up the happy-ending pieces to this story.
4. How do Jim Hinkle and Jerome become friends?
5. Why has Donald come to visit Jerome?
6. What can the reader deduce about Jerome's cooking skills? Why?
7. Although Jerome has given up stonecutting, his reaction to making Charmine's gravestone is interesting. Discuss what might be happening in this regard.
8. Discuss Jerome's scheme. Was he taking a risk? Why, or why not?
9. What makes Jerome feel better about the lonesomeness of his home?
10. Is there some symbolism in Jerome experiencing the huge storm that moved his redwood tree?
Essay Topic 1
Written in 1948, Montgomery mentions Kildee's use of Dutch Cleanser and Clorox bleach. These products are still available to American consumers. However, there is much that has changed since this story was written. Comb through the story and find at least three examples of ideas and things that would be out of place if this story were written today. Compare and contrast Montgomery's story with a similar story that might be written today. You may need to do some research on the region of the northern California Redwoods.
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
Emma Lou and Donald bring a lot of tension and worry to Jerome's formerly peaceful life. Identify it and describe what it is that causes him to be "fussed" much of the time. Is their friendship worth it to Jerome? How do they add to his life? What do they take from his life?
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