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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. How does Jerome manage to protect his food?
2. Strong Heart intends to eat Papa, however...
3. What do we know about Jerome's past?
4. Where did Emma go to visit her aunt?
5. Jerome is happy to camp out, and it makes him feel...
Short Essay Questions
1. What breaks the ice between Jerome Kildee and Emma Lou Eppy?
2. What does Jerome assume about the status of Papa skunk when the new babies arrive?
3. Although Jerome has given up stonecutting, his reaction to making Charmine's gravestone is interesting. Discuss what might be happening in this regard.
4. Why does Jerome consider taking a floorboard out?
5. What makes Jerome feel better about the lonesomeness of his home?
6. Write a short essay about the subtle clues regarding Jerome's life. This is something of a fantasy story, but there are real life elements that are only mentioned in passing. What are they, and what do they indicate?
7. To what is Jerome referring, when he tells Old Grouch, "I have missed much."
8. Looking back at this chapter, what stands out as ironic, given the outcome of the story?
9. What makes Emma so contentious and determined to battle with Donald Cabot?
10. Discuss Ben's visit to Jerome. What do we learn about the Eppys and Ben in this chapter?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Emma Lou has a full life, but not in the way children do today. Write an essay, gleaning from the story all of her chores and responsibilities. Compare and contrast Emma Lou's school day to today's child, and make a convincing argument for the simple life she lives. How does she spend her free time? Why are her interests focused on nature?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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