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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is Jack indignant about when he is in the kitchen?
(a) HIs mother is eating again.
(b) He is the only one working this hard.
(c) Everyone talking too loudly.
(d) Everyone pretending eveything is ok.
2. When does Jack feel almost happy and content?
(a) When riding and singing on the tractor.
(b) When asleep in his bed.
(c) When walking in the sunrise to bring in the herd.
(d) When visiting at the dinner table with his family
3. What is the difference in Jack's stories before and after the accident?
(a) Before they were of conquest; after they are of guilt.
(b) Before they are of Attica prison breaks; after they are of movie stars.
(c) Before they are of people; after they are of cows and horses.
(d) Before they are of superheroes; after they are of monsters.
4. How old is the child when he dies?
5. What does Phoebe give Jack besides his lunch?
(a) A thermos for himself.
(b) A wet towel.
(c) A cold Budweiser.
(d) A cold Coca-Cola from the house.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Phoebe's attitude as she carries the basket filled with lunch up to the field hands?
2. At the time of the harvest, how long has Jack's father been gone?
3. After the accident, what are the themes of Jack's stories?
4. What is Jack's mother's support system after the accident?
5. Who does Jack's father blame for his son's death?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the story open? How does the first sentence compel the reader to read the next?
2. When Dale looks up to the door and sees Jack, what does Dale say to his son? How does Jack respond to his father?
3. What conclusion does Jack come to about himself after realizing he does not love people as well as he should? How does he react to his own conclusions?
4. As Jack rides the tractor after the accident and tells his stories of woe, how does he react to who he has become?
5. Jack is "touched" by his sister's presence at lunchtime in the field. Why is this? What does he notice about her?
6. When Dale Hawthorne returns home after his three week absence, he does not leave again. What does he do to occupy his time? What does he do when he becomes restless?
7. How does the narrator describe the machinery Jack drives on the farm? Why is this image so powerful? How does it compare to the usual image associated with farm equipment?
8. How do Jack's family and his mother's friends view his passionate interest in his horn? Are they concerned? Why?
9. Dale Hawthorne decides against suicide. Why does he do so? What does he do instead of killing himself?
10. Although Jack's morning routines are pleasant, his guilt creeps into his day and the illusions of the morning are shattered. How does he behave as the day continues? What changes for him?
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