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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 wants to consider...
2. Donald is not proud of himself regarding...
3. Jerome's house seems ...
4. Emma recognizes that Donald has...
5. Donald stops in a thicket to stare at Emma Lou because...
Short Essay Questions
1. Why are Jerome Kildee's nerves frayed at this time? There is more than one reason.
2. Why does Donald choose to go to the country school where Emma goes? Does he have hidden motives?
3. What does Jerome seem to realize after Donald's appearance in this chapter? Why does he invited him for dinner?
4. What activities seem to bring the two kids together? Why?
5. Why is Jerome feeling stressful?
6. What is it about the spotted skunks that is special?
7. Why does Jerome decide to give Emma money for Christmas, rather than a gift?
8. Briefly summarize up the happy-ending pieces to this story.
9. How does Monarch respond to his new freedom? Is he typical of a deer?
10. Discuss Emma Lou's response to the discovery that Donald has been visiting Jerome. How is Jerome affected?
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
Emma Lou and Donald bring a lot of tension and worry to Jerome's formerly peaceful life. Identify it and describe what it is that causes him to be "fussed" much of the time. Is their friendship worth it to Jerome? How do they add to his life? What do they take from his life?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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