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

2. How does Jerome feel about Emma arming herself with a rifle?

3. What tasty dessert did Jerome make for Emma Lou?

4. What name did Emma Lou and Jerome assign to Mrs. Grouch?

5. Emma refers to her parents as...

Short Essay Questions

1. After carving Charmine's gravestone, what is Jerome inspired to do next? Why?

2. 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?

3. Jerome tells Old Grouch that he dealt with sad people. What was so sad about Jerome's profession?

4. What makes Emma so contentious and determined to battle with Donald Cabot?

5. 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?

6. What gives Jerome happiness in this first chapter of the story?

7. Although Jerome is proud of the fireplace he built, he has walled up his stonemason's tools inside. Discuss why that might be.

8. What might Jerome mean when he tells Old Grouch that he was "licked" when he arrived here?

9. Why does Strong Heart come barking toward Jerome's house? What happens to him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Based upon the date the story was written, speculate the origins of the Eppy family. Could they have been refugees from the dust bowl disaster? Consider Emma Lou's propensity to carry on a feud, as well as her family yell. Compose a fictional account of the Eppys' journey to northern California.

Essay Topic 3

Jerome is able to bridge the gap between the two cultures of the Eppys and the Cabots. How does he do this? Is it inadvertent? From what social class is Jerome Kildee, himself?

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