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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. For Christmas presents, Jerome...
3. The weather for Jerome's Christmas party is...
4. During the school year, Emma Lou and Donald Roger...
5. Jerome cleans up spots on the floor with...
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss Jerome's scheme. Was he taking a risk? Why, or why not?
2. Discuss Emma Lou's response to the discovery that Donald has been visiting Jerome. How is Jerome affected?
3. Why are Jerome Kildee's nerves frayed at this time? There is more than one reason.
4. Briefly summarize up the happy-ending pieces to this story.
5. Discus Jerome's developing attitude toward Donald. Why does he not go ahead and welcome Donald to come visit?
6. Discuss Donald's idea for solving Jerome's animal population explosion.
7. What does Emma suspect has become of Monarch? Why?
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. What does Jerome seem to realize after Donald's appearance in this chapter? Why does he invited him for dinner?
10. What is it about the spotted skunks that is special?
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
Why does Emma Lou seem to want all of these animals to be at Jerome's? Rather than chasing them away, she wants the families to have nests, and even secretly wants Monarch to live with him. Explore the passages in the story where the author makes it obvious that Emma Lou is encouraging this awkward situation. Is this totally self-centered on her part? Does she care about what Jerome wants?
Essay Topic 3
There are many clues throughout the story that suggest that Donald Cabot comes from a wealthy family, including his dog who is of the "bluest blood." Do a careful reading and determine what kind of people the Cabots are, and what kind of kid Donald is. Is he spoiled and indulged? Does he take for granted his resources and his family's position? Prove your point with text.
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