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. The original idea to pen the deer was that of ...

2. Emma has to convince Officer Hinkle that...

3. Emma Lou gives Jerome a present for Christmas that...

4. How is the raccoon feeding problem solved?

5. Emma recognizes that Donald has...

Short Essay Questions

1. Discus Jerome's developing attitude toward Donald. Why does he not go ahead and welcome Donald to come visit?

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

3. Why does Donald choose to go to the country school where Emma goes? Does he have hidden motives?

4. 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.

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

6. Discuss the pipe smoking among the Eppy men. Would this seem unusual today?

7. How do Jim Hinkle and Jerome become friends?

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

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

10. Jerome is more comfortable with Emma Lou and Donald now. Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of the Kildee House story is involved with wild animals. Find the ways in which the author uses the animals as symbolism, and to draw parallels to human life.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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