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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. To what strange place does Mrs. Grouch move her children?
2. Donald Roger has made a habit of...
3. What does Jerome consider his last masterpiece as a stone cutter?
4. Old Grouch's children arrive...
5. When Emma threatens to bring a rifle...
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Jerome consider taking a floorboard out?
2. Although Jerome is proud of the fireplace he built, he has walled up his stonemason's tools inside. Discuss why that might be.
3. What gives Jerome happiness in this first chapter of the story?
4. What breaks the ice between Jerome Kildee and Emma Lou Eppy?
5. Jerome tells Old Grouch that he dealt with sad people. What was so sad about Jerome's profession?
6. Why is it nerve-wracking for Donald Roger to show up at Jerome's house in this chapter?
7. What can we assume about Emma, based on her trip through the blackberry patch and her prized beany?
8. What do we learn in this chapter about Jerome's marital status?
9. Discuss the sense of mourning in the house over Charmine's demise.
10. Something new about Emma Lou comes out in this chapter. Discuss the revelation.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the use of symbolism in terms of the structure of the small Kildee house. Several aspects of the house provide clues into Jerome's life and the path he is destined to take. Consider Jerome's fireplace, window, back wall and kitchen. What might each of these represent?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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