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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does Jack's mother deal with her grief outwardly?
(a) By crying nightly with the children.
(b) By refusing to speak to her husband.
(c) By playing cards with friends.
(d) By eating herself into a state of being overweight.
2. While riding on the tractor, what things does Jack say about himself to himself?
(a) He should never have been driving the tractor in the first place.
(b) He is spiritually defective and evil.
(c) He is guilty but feels better each day.
(d) He is almost a teeneager and has his whole life ahead of him.
3. What does Jack do while riding on the tractor?
(a) He worries about his mother.
(b) He dreams of better times with his family.
(c) He replays the accident scene again and again.
(d) He plans his escape from his family.
4. What does Jack's father struggle with about his religious beliefs?
(a) How anyone could not believe in God.
(b) How God could let such a horrible thing happen to his child.
(c) How God could be in Heaven.
(d) Is there a Hell?
5. What part does Jack play in his made-up stories?
(a) The hero of the stories.
(b) All of the parts.
(c) The superhero.
(d) The narrator describing the action.
6. What is Jack referring to when he says "it was what life ought to be, what he'd once believed it was."?
(a) Life on the farm was good and simple before he killed his brother.
(b) Life should be lived to the fullest, now he is stuck on a farm.
(c) Life on the farm was a struggle, and now things seeem better.
(d) Life should be easy and he does not know why it is not easy now.
7. What is Phoebe doing in the kitchen when Jack comes in?
(a) Making cakes.
(b) Making chicken salad.
(c) Scrubbing the sink.
(d) Mopping the floor.
8. After the accident, what are the themes of Jack's stories?
(a) Self-sacrifice and redemption.
(b) Running away to desert islands.
(c) Murder and kidnapping.
(d) Super heroes and world domination.
9. What does Jack notice about his sister as she is laying out the food?
(a) She is weak with hunger.
(b) She is crying and very unhappy.
(c) She is falling asleep from exhaustion.
(d) She is smiling and acting like she is playing house.
10. What does Phoebe give Jack besides his lunch?
(a) A cold Budweiser.
(b) A wet towel.
(c) A cold Coca-Cola from the house.
(d) A thermos for himself.
11. Who is working and helping to harvest the fields with Jack?
(a) His mother and grandfather.
(b) Friends and uncles.
(c) Phoebe and her friends.
(d) Neighbors and cousins.
12. What about his surroundings does Jack become aware of while eating his lunch?
(a) The day has begun to cool down.
(b) There are birds singing in the trees.
(c) It is a breezeless, insect-ridden heat.
(d) There are clouds in the sky predicting rain.
13. What musical instrument does Jack's mother force on him?
(d) French horn.
14. How does the narrator describe Jack's mother before the accident?
(a) A happy woman who was shy and retiring.
(b) A cheerful woman who laughed and loved telling stories.
(c) A glum woman who always expected the worst.
(d) A sad woman who had suffered greatly in her life.
15. How does Jack come to feel about his raging on the tractor?
(a) Hopeful of becoming an actor.
(d) Happy that he is so much like his father.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Jack finally contemplate while riding on the tractor telling his stories?
2. What is in the basket Phoebe brings to Jack?
3. What is Jack's response to what he sees as he starts up the tractor after lunch with Phoebe?
4. In Dale's story, whose skull is Lord Byron trying to make into a drinking cup?
5. What kind of man is Jack's father?
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