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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. Who is Mr. Grouch?
2. Emma feels that Roger Donald is...
3. Emma Lou has been helping her mother, Cilly, by...
4. Jerome is happy to camp out, and it makes him feel...
5. The hungry fawn is very attracted to...
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Jerome deal with the rats who have nested in his wall?
2. 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?
3. What does Jerome gather from Old Grouch's behavior while the baby skunks are under the house? What might his conclusions reveal about his own past?
4. After carving Charmine's gravestone, what is Jerome inspired to do next? Why?
5. Why does Strong Heart come barking toward Jerome's house? What happens to him?
6. 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.
7. What makes Jerome feel better about the lonesomeness of his home?
8. What is different now about Emma Lou's dinner invitation?
9. Discuss Ben's visit to Jerome. What do we learn about the Eppys and Ben in this chapter?
10. What can we assume about Emma, based on her trip through the blackberry patch and her prized beany?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Is Jerome Kildee a poor man? If not, how does the reader know? Do a careful reading of the story and find passages that reveal hints about Jerome's financial status, and draw your conclusions in a persuasive essay.
Essay Topic 2
Explore the first real turning point in the story that bonds Kildee and Emma Lou, and drives an even more severe wedge between Emma Lou and Donald Cabot. What is the real source of Emma's and Jerome's grief? Why do they become so upset to lose one of the raccoons, when they have so many to enjoy? What qualities have they assigned to Charmine? Why do they not grieve, for example, the death of the pack rats who are killed by skunks?
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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