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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. It worries Jerome that Donald might...
2. As food for the raccoons, Donald has brought...
3. Jerome knows it is possible that, at some point...
4. Emma Lou promises to return at 7 p.m. to...
5. On one of his visits, Donald brought...
Short Essay Questions
1. What becomes clear about Donald's need to compete with Emma Lou? What is his problem with her?
2. Discuss the pipe smoking among the Eppy men. Would this seem unusual today?
3. Emma Lou's life is busier than today's students'. Describe her day and compare it to your own.
4. What is it about the spotted skunks that is special?
5. Discuss Emma Lou's response to the discovery that Donald has been visiting Jerome. How is Jerome affected?
6. 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.
7. Is there some symbolism in Jerome experiencing the huge storm that moved his redwood tree?
8. Poor Jerome is discouraged. How do we know this?
9. Briefly summarize up the happy-ending pieces to this story.
10. How does Monarch respond to his new freedom? Is he typical of a deer?
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
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?
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