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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 do the Lands leave Roofing in the Airstream?

2. What church do the Lands attend?

3. What was the name of the skeleton Jeremiah studied in medical school?

4. How much does it cost to send a postcard in 1963?

5. What do the Lands have for lunch on Swede's birthday?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Elvis, the prosecutor, describe Israel and Tommy at the opening of Davy's trial?

2. After Reuben testifies, he and Swede decide to break Davy out of jail. Why are their plans to break Davy out of jail thwarted?

3. What happened to Dolly when she was in the locker room with Thomas and Israel?

4. Where was Jeremiah Land when Reuben was born?

5. Why are Swede's sugar cookies sometimes unorthodox?

6. Where do the Lands go to hunt geese?

7. Why does Reuben resent that Jeremiah healed Mr. Holgren?

8. Who does Swede have rescue Sunny from the noose and why does that bother Reuben?

9. What does Reuben feel when he touches his dad during the revival service held by Rev. Johnny Latt?

10. What did Dr. Nokes do when Reuben was born not breathing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Reuben came into the world in a rather dramatic manner. Discuss why Reuben began life in a dangerous and romantic manner. Support your statements with examples and quotes from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Extraordinary events occur frequently in the novel. Argue whether these events are miracles using examples from the book to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

The title of the book is taken from a hymn. Discuss how the hymn, "It is Well with My Soul," relates to the characters in the story.

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