I Heard the Owl Call My Name 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. What happened to Keetah's sister?

2. What arrived at the village in November?

3. Why did the white teacher choose to come to the village?

4. The oolachon is

5. The doctor reveals the young man's illness to

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Sam, the unlucky one.

2. What seems to be most important to the Bishop regarding the young man and the Indian village?

3. Why do the villagers offer to help Mark build the vicarage?

4. What limitations does the ordinand's illness place on him?

5. Describe the character of Constable Pearson.

6. What do the villagers believe about the salmon?

7. Why does Mark Brian refuse the Bishop's offer to send a new vicarage?

8. Describe the setting of the novel.

9. What does the behavior of the young people symbolize for people like Peter?

10. What does Mark Brian learn about rules or obedience throughout the chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider what the vicar learns about nature during his stay with the villagers. How does nature teach Mark Brian about life and death? Write an essay in which you use examples of nature mentioned in the novel to explore Mark Brian's development throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 2

William Somerset Maugham said, "Tradition is a guide and not a jailer." For which characters in the book does tradition serve as a guide? For whom is it a jailer? Write an essay in which you consider Maugham's quote in relation to any character or characters in Craven's novel. Use specific examples from the text to connect Maugham's quote to Craven's message.

Essay Topic 3

Many characters in the novel, including Mark Brian, believe in service and community. Choose three characters that embody these ideas in Craven's novel, and write an essay in which you describe the characters' actions and traits, connecting each to the motifs of service and community.

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