Lonesome Dove Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who was Lorena with when Dish goes to see her?

2. What river do Lorena and Jake reach before the herd?

3. What does Lorena want Jake to do with the fifty dollars?

4. What does Roscoe suggest has happened to Elmira?

5. Which of Blue Duck's men want to help Lorena?

Short Essay Questions

1. What worries Deets about the trip to Montana?

2. What bothers Newt most about the crew's negative remarks about Jake?

3. What does Jake tell Call about he and Lorena tagging along the herd?

4. What does Lorena ask Dish when he arrives at the Dry Bean? How does it make Dish feel?

5. What does Gus notice about the first forty horses that makes him laugh?

6. What does Gus do after the battle with Blue Duck's men?

7. What does Deets warn Lorena?

8. What happens to Sean?

9. What does Gus understand about the constant talk of Sean's death?

10. What does Elmira decide to do after the whiskey boat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elmira and Lorena are both prostitutes as a matter of circumstances of their lives.

Part 1) Compare and contrast the characters of Elmira and Lorena. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 2) How do Lorena and Elmira show their strengths or weaknesses in their characters?

Part 3) How do Lorena and Elmira each meet the challenges of their circumstances? What choices do they make to improve their lives? How does it work out for them? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Gus thinks about the chain of events that Jake sets into motion by not facing the consequences of his accidental shooting in Arkansas. Pick three or four events from the novel. How are these events based on accident or circumstance? How might things have turned out differently if the events you chose did not happen, or happened differently? How are these accidents related to choices made by one or more characters? Use examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Different characters approach the issue of responsibility differently. Two characters that especially take opposite approaches to responsibility are Jake Spoon and July Johnson.

Part 1) Compare and contrast July Johnson and Jake Spoon. In what ways are they similar? How are they different?

Part 2) How does July's approach to the law affect the story? How do Jake's choices regarding the law affect the story? Cite examples from the novel for each character's choice and the subsequent effect of those choices.

Part 3) How do Jake and July differ with regards to responsibility? How is July responsible? How is he irresponsible? How is Jake responsible? How is he irresponsible?

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