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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. Old Grouch's children arrive...
2. The cabin smells so bad, that Jerome decides to...
3. Emma Lou does not tell Jerome that she and Ben..
4. What are Mr. Grouch's least agreeable characteristics?
5. Where did Emma go to visit her aunt?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Emma Lou, initially, want to pay a visit to Jerome?
2. 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?
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. Although Jerome is proud of the fireplace he built, he has walled up his stonemason's tools inside. Discuss why that might be.
5. What is different now about Emma Lou's dinner invitation?
6. What might Jerome mean when he tells Old Grouch that he was "licked" when he arrived here?
7. Discuss Jerome's camping experience.
8. What makes Emma so contentious and determined to battle with Donald Cabot?
9. Why does Jerome consider taking a floorboard out?
10. How does Jerome deal with the rats who have nested in his wall?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay on the subject of taming wild raccoons. Research to find out what kinds of problems, laws and other issues face people who allow raccoons to become pets. In conclusion, advise and convince your audience as to your educated opinion on domesticating raccoons.
Essay Topic 2
Jerome Kildee is a lonely man. Do you think he is lonely by choice? Do you think he is socially distant because of the kind of work he has done? What kind of person purposely attempts to be reclusive?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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