Kildee House Test | Final Test - Hard

Rutherford George Montgomery
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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. To keep Monarch out of the house, Jerome ...

2. To find out about shipping the animals, Donald has written to...

3. The Eppys include the parents, Emma Lou and...

4. So far, Donald's magazine ads have...

5. At this point, Jerome is housing...

Short Essay Questions

1. Poor Jerome is discouraged. How do we know this?

2. Why does Jerome decide to give Emma money for Christmas, rather than a gift?

3. Briefly summarize up the happy-ending pieces to this story.

4. Discuss Jerome's scheme. Was he taking a risk? Why, or why not?

5. With the entire Eppy family present, and the large amounts of food on the table, how has Jerome's small house been transformed?

6. Why are Jerome Kildee's nerves frayed at this time? There is more than one reason.

7. Why does Donald choose to go to the country school where Emma goes? Does he have hidden motives?

8. What does Emma suspect has become of Monarch? Why?

9. Jerome is more comfortable with Emma Lou and Donald now. Why?

10. What can the reader deduce about Jerome's cooking skills? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Emma Lou has a full life, but not in the way children do today. Write an essay, gleaning from the story all of her chores and responsibilities. Compare and contrast Emma Lou's school day to today's child, and make a convincing argument for the simple life she lives. How does she spend her free time? Why are her interests focused on nature?

Essay Topic 2

Written in 1948, Montgomery mentions Kildee's use of Dutch Cleanser and Clorox bleach. These products are still available to American consumers. However, there is much that has changed since this story was written. Comb through the story and find at least three examples of ideas and things that would be out of place if this story were written today. Compare and contrast Montgomery's story with a similar story that might be written today. You may need to do some research on the region of the northern California Redwoods.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of symbolism in terms of the structure of the small Kildee house. Several aspects of the house provide clues into Jerome's life and the path he is destined to take. Consider Jerome's fireplace, window, back wall and kitchen. What might each of these represent?

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