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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. Emma recognizes that Donald has...
2. During the school year, Emma Lou and Donald Roger...
3. Emma Lou gives Jerome a present for Christmas that...
4. Emma Lou wants Jerome to think that the Christmas party...
5. Jerome seems now to be needing...
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jerome seem to realize after Donald's appearance in this chapter? Why does he invited him for dinner?
2. Discuss what Emma has managed to teach the skunks to do as tricks.
3. How do Jim Hinkle and Jerome become friends?
4. Why does Donald choose to go to the country school where Emma goes? Does he have hidden motives?
5. Discuss Jerome's scheme. Was he taking a risk? Why, or why not?
6. Emma Lou's life is busier than today's students'. Describe her day and compare it to your own.
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. What can the reader deduce about Jerome's cooking skills? Why?
10. Discuss the pipe smoking among the Eppy men. Would this seem unusual today?
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
Write an essay on the subject of taming wild raccoons. Research to find out what kinds of problems, laws and other issues face people who allow raccoons to become pets. In conclusion, advise and convince your audience as to your educated opinion on domesticating raccoons.
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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