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 goes back to Lonesome Dove with the first herd of horses?

2. What assignment in the cattle drive goes to Dish, the top hand?

3. Knowing that Gus is right and Jake will not take Lorena to San Francisco, where does Jake plan to take her instead?

4. What are the O'Brien brothers doing when Deets sees them?

5. What does Lorena tell Jake about gambling?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What worries Deets about the trip to Montana?

3. What upsets Call when Jake tells him his and Lorena's plans?

4. What does Gus fear concerning Lorena now that Jake Spoon is in town?

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

6. Why does the bartender at the bar in San Antonio make Gus so mad?

7. Why does Jake call himself a fool?

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

9. How does Elmira react to the news that July is going to find Jake Spoon?

10. Why is Gus not trying to hide the horses they brought back from Mexico?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

There are many deaths along the way in the novel. Pick two deaths from the novel (Sean, Deets, Gus, Elmira, Jake, etc.) Compare and contrast the two deaths. What are the circumstances of each death? How are they similar? How are they different? How do the other characters mourn each death?

Essay Topic 3

The novel is full of tragedies, such as the deaths of Sean and Deets. Pick three tragedies in the novel and explain how the surviving characters cope. How are the tragedies similar? How are they different? Are they a result of choices or accident?

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