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. What is unique about Jerome's front wndow?

2. How does Jerome feel about Emma arming herself with a rifle?

3. Emma Lou's intention is to use her rifle to...

4. Jerome finds that the baby deer is a...

5. Emma feels that Roger Donald is...

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Emma Lou know the mountain lion is gone? Why doesn't she tell Jerome?

2. What might Jerome mean when he tells Old Grouch that he was "licked" when he arrived here?

3. To what is Jerome referring, when he tells Old Grouch, "I have missed much."

4. What can we assume about Emma, based on her trip through the blackberry patch and her prized beany?

5. What is different now about Emma Lou's dinner invitation?

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

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

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. 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.

10. When Jerome wakes up, the little fawn is hungry. What makes this passage humorous?

Essay Topics

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

How does Montgomery deal with the authoritative nature of Jim Hinkle? Is Hinkle an aggressive or over-zealous enforcer of the law? How does Emma Lou's attitude change toward game wardens after spending a day with Jim Hinkle? Why would HInkle come from Santa Cruz all the way up to the redwoods to check on this complaint?

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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