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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. When she arrives for dinner, Emma Lou...
2. All of the Eppy men, including young Ben, decide to ...
3. Donald agrees to think about...
4. Jerome's house seems ...
5. As food for the raccoons, Donald has brought...
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Jerome feeling stressful?
2. Why has Donald come to visit Jerome?
3. Why does Donald choose to go to the country school where Emma goes? Does he have hidden motives?
4. 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.
5. Why does Jerome decide to give Emma money for Christmas, rather than a gift?
6. What becomes clear about Donald's need to compete with Emma Lou? What is his problem with her?
7. What does Emma suspect has become of Monarch? Why?
8. How does Monarch respond to his new freedom? Is he typical of a deer?
9. Jerome is more comfortable with Emma Lou and Donald now. 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
There are several life lessons implied in this story. In terms of Kildee himself, what has he learned from the animals and children? Are these life lessons normally learned in old age? How could a man go through his life and not learn them until he is elderly? What might the conditions be?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the reason Jerome sealed his stonecutting tools up in his fireplace. Used for something he had done all of his life, why would he want the tools to be unavailable? Speculate on his feelings about stonecutting when he built his little house, and how they may have changed over time. Try to draw an analogy to this decision of Jerome's.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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