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 change does Jerome make in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Grouch?

2. After coffee and a smoke, Ben tells Jerome...

3. What kinds of foods does Jerome provide for the animals?

4. To what does Jerome compare the pack rats' clumping noise?

5. Emma Lou has skills that Jerome does not have, including...

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Jerome feeling stressful?

2. Discuss Ben's visit to Jerome. What do we learn about the Eppys and Ben in this chapter?

3. What becomes clear about Donald's need to compete with Emma Lou? What is his problem with her?

4. Briefly summarize up the happy-ending pieces to this story.

5. Looking back at this chapter, what stands out as ironic, given the outcome of the story?

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

7. What breaks the ice between Jerome Kildee and Emma Lou Eppy?

8. Emma Lou's life is busier than today's students'. Describe her day and compare it to your own.

9. Poor Jerome is discouraged. How do we know this?

10. How does Jerome generate the spirit of Christmas in preparation for the party? Again, compare this to a Christmas party you might have at home.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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