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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. Jerome's house seems ...
2. When the animals are taken away, Jerome will...
3. Jerome knows now that he must do something about...
4. Jim Hinkle would like Jerome to ...
5. The Eppys include the parents, Emma Lou and...
Short Essay Questions
1. Is there some symbolism in Jerome experiencing the huge storm that moved his redwood tree?
2. Emma Lou's life is busier than today's students'. Describe her day and compare it to your own.
3. 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.
4. Poor Jerome is discouraged. How do we know this?
5. What does Jerome seem to realize after Donald's appearance in this chapter? Why does he invited him for dinner?
6. Why does Jerome decide to give Emma money for Christmas, rather than a gift?
7. Why has Donald come to visit Jerome?
8. Why does Donald choose to go to the country school where Emma goes? Does he have hidden motives?
9. What is it about the spotted skunks that is special?
10. When Emma proves that Monarch's mother was killed by a lion, how does she react? How does she feel about her reaction?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Is Jerome simply a former stonecutter? Discuss how his true talents come out in his old age, and what inspires him to become more creative. Why did he not use his creativity as much when he was working? What gap in his life might this new creativity fill?
Essay Topic 2
Jerome Kildee is a lonely man. Do you think he is lonely by choice? Do you think he is socially distant because of the kind of work he has done? What kind of person purposely attempts to be reclusive?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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