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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. While Jerome and Emma decorate the house,...
2. So far, Donald's magazine ads have...
3. Emma Lou wants Jerome to think that the Christmas party...
4. Emma sees the corn cobs on the floor and...
5. When the animals are taken away, Jerome will...
Short Essay Questions
1. Is there some symbolism in Jerome experiencing the huge storm that moved his redwood tree?
2. Discuss what Emma has managed to teach the skunks to do as tricks.
3. Why does Donald choose to go to the country school where Emma goes? Does he have hidden motives?
4. Why are Jerome Kildee's nerves frayed at this time? There is more than one reason.
5. How do Jim Hinkle and Jerome become friends?
6. What becomes clear about Donald's need to compete with Emma Lou? What is his problem with her?
7. Why does Jerome decide to give Emma money for Christmas, rather than a gift?
8. Poor Jerome is discouraged. How do we know this?
9. Discuss Jerome's scheme. Was he taking a risk? Why, or why not?
10. What does Jerome seem to realize after Donald's appearance in this chapter? Why does he invited him for dinner?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The dogs in this story are functional members of their owners' farms. They are not coddled or groomed, but perform work to earn their keep. Write an essay on the history of using dogs for hunting in earlier decades. What other jobs were performed by hounds and Dobermans? Compare them to the same breeds today, and discuss their function in today's household.
Essay Topic 2
How does Montgomery deal with the authoritative nature of Jim Hinkle? Is Hinkle an aggressive or over-zealous enforcer of the law? How does Emma Lou's attitude change toward game wardens after spending a day with Jim Hinkle? Why would HInkle come from Santa Cruz all the way up to the redwoods to check on this complaint?
Essay Topic 3
There are several life lessons implied in this story. In terms of Kildee himself, what has he learned from the animals and children? Are these life lessons normally learned in old age? How could a man go through his life and not learn them until he is elderly? What might the conditions be?
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