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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. Emma Lou Eppy could be described as...
2. Why does Jerome check his fireplace before lighting a fire?
3. Emma refers to her parents as...
4. How does Jerome feel about Emma arming herself with a rifle?
5. On what side of the nest does Mr. Grouch sleep?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jerome assume about the status of Papa skunk when the new babies arrive?
2. Why does Strong Heart come barking toward Jerome's house? What happens to him?
3. What do we learn in this chapter about Jerome's marital status?
4. What gives Jerome happiness in this first chapter of the story?
5. When Jerome wakes up, the little fawn is hungry. What makes this passage humorous?
6. Jerome tells Old Grouch that he dealt with sad people. What was so sad about Jerome's profession?
7. 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?
8. Although Jerome has given up stonecutting, his reaction to making Charmine's gravestone is interesting. Discuss what might be happening in this regard.
9. 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?
10. What makes Emma so contentious and determined to battle with Donald Cabot?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why does Emma Lou seem to want all of these animals to be at Jerome's? Rather than chasing them away, she wants the families to have nests, and even secretly wants Monarch to live with him. Explore the passages in the story where the author makes it obvious that Emma Lou is encouraging this awkward situation. Is this totally self-centered on her part? Does she care about what Jerome wants?
Essay Topic 2
Much of the Kildee House story is involved with wild animals. Find the ways in which the author uses the animals as symbolism, and to draw parallels to human life.
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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