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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 are Jack's chores after the accident?
(a) He works the farm land and equipment.
(b) He paints the barn.
(c) He collects the eggs.
(d) He runs errands.

2. Who are the heroines of Jack's stories?
(a) His sister and his French horn teacher.
(b) His teacher and a schoolgirl named Margaret.
(c) His mother and his sister, Phoebe.
(d) A schoolgirl named Margaret and his cousin, Linda.

3. What kind of man is Jack's father?
(a) A cruel and hateful man.
(b) A kind and stupid man.
(c) A sensitive, intelligent dreamer.
(d) A silly and impetuous man.

4. In the opening of the story, who dies in April?
(a) Dale Hawthorne.
(b) David Hawthorne.
(c) John Hawthorne.
(d) Daniel Hawthorne.

5. To whom does Jack confide in and tell his tractor stories?
(a) Phoebe.
(b) His cousin.
(c) His uncle.
(d) No one.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jack drink from the thermos Phoebe brings him?

2. What does Jack notice as he takes a long sip from his drink during lunch?

3. What can Jack hear from the other workers sitting at the other lunch site?

4. What kinds of things does Jack's mother insist her children do?

5. Where does Jack sometimes find his father after the accident?

Short Essay Questions

1. When he is driving the tractor, how does Jack's behavior mimic that of his father?

2. The author provides a vivid, detailed picture of Yegudkin, a much more detailed one than of any other character. What does Arcady Yegudkin look like?

3. Describe Jack's uncles. What do they do on the farm? What do they look like? How do they behave?

4. 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?

5. How does Jack respond to Yegudkin's performance on the French horn? How is the performance described?

6. What kinds of stories does Jack tell while he is riding on the tractor by himself before the accident? How do his stories change after the accident?

7. Later in the evening following their lunch, Jack comes to understand about why Phoebe is alarmed about his not saying grace before eating. What does he realize grace means to Phoebe?

8. What is Jack's first reaction when he sees his father and what is occurring in the living room? Why can he not act on his impulse to run?

9. What does the reader realize when Yegudkin plays the French horn?

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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