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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 is somewhat concerned when...
2. Emma Lou wants Jerome to think that the Christmas party...
3. When the storm dies down, Jerome's house...
4. Emma Lou and Donald...
5. Donald stops in a thicket to stare at Emma Lou because...
Short Essay Questions
1. Why has Donald come to visit Jerome?
2. Jerome is more comfortable with Emma Lou and Donald now. Why?
3. Discuss Donald's idea for solving Jerome's animal population explosion.
4. Discuss Jerome's scheme. Was he taking a risk? Why, or why not?
5. When Emma proves that Monarch's mother was killed by a lion, how does she react? How does she feel about her reaction?
6. Is there some symbolism in Jerome experiencing the huge storm that moved his redwood tree?
7. With the entire Eppy family present, and the large amounts of food on the table, how has Jerome's small house been transformed?
8. What becomes clear about Donald's need to compete with Emma Lou? What is his problem with her?
9. What activities seem to bring the two kids together? Why?
10. Why is Jerome feeling stressful?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
The two children in the story, Emma Lou Eppy and Donald Roger Cabot, are sworn enemies who deliberately think of ways to hurt one another. Is this an example of normal adolescent flirtation, or is there something more that separates the two children? What makes them so different from one another? Is there an underlying cause, besides a difference of opinion about hunting?
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