Kildee House Test | Final 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. When the children leave together, Jerome realizes that...

2. The Eppys include the parents, Emma Lou and...

3. Donald arrives at Jerome's house, carrying...

4. At this point, Jerome is housing...

5. Jerome thinks Emma may suspect that...

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is it about the spotted skunks that is special?

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

4. How do Jim Hinkle and Jerome become friends?

5. What new thing does the reader learn about Jerome Kildee in this chapter?

6. Is there some symbolism in Jerome experiencing the huge storm that moved his redwood tree?

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

8. When Emma proves that Monarch's mother was killed by a lion, how does she react? How does she feel about her reaction?

9. Discuss Donald's idea for solving Jerome's animal population explosion.

10. Why is Jerome feeling stressful?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Written in 1948, Montgomery mentions Kildee's use of Dutch Cleanser and Clorox bleach. These products are still available to American consumers. However, there is much that has changed since this story was written. Comb through the story and find at least three examples of ideas and things that would be out of place if this story were written today. Compare and contrast Montgomery's story with a similar story that might be written today. You may need to do some research on the region of the northern California Redwoods.

Essay Topic 2

Through the story we begin to see signs that Jerome is aging. Although it is not clear how old he is, he is obviously retired and slowing down. Do a careful reading of the story and discuss the signs of aging that Jerome increasingly displays.

Essay Topic 3

Is Jerome Kildee a poor man? If not, how does the reader know? Do a careful reading of the story and find passages that reveal hints about Jerome's financial status, and draw your conclusions in a persuasive essay.

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