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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 explanation does Jack give Phoebe at the beginning of lunch that puts her at rest?
(a) He enjoys being just the two of them for lunch.
(b) He is happy with the lunch.
(c) He has said grace in his head.
(d) He is a very neat eater.

2. What is the victim riding when he falls off and is run over?
(a) The trailor.
(b) The compactor.
(c) The tractor.
(d) The cultipacker.

3. How much time has passed between David's death and harvest time in the fields?
(a) A year and a half.
(b) Six months.
(c) Two years.
(d) Three years.

4. What does Jack notice as he takes a long sip from his drink during lunch?
(a) Phoebe looks like she wants to cry.
(b) Phoebe looks like she wants to run away.
(c) Phoebe looks like she wants to say something.
(d) Phoebe looks like she wants to scream at Jack.

5. 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 smiling and acting like she is playing house.
(d) She is falling asleep from exhaustion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What about his surroundings does Jack become aware of while eating his lunch?

2. Who does Jack's father blame for his son's death?

3. What does Jack's father struggle with about his religious beliefs?

4. Who is working and helping to harvest the fields with Jack?

5. How does the narrator describe Jack's father before the accident?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Jack comes into the house after work and finds the kitchen empty and the living room door closed, he opens the door to walk into the living room. Describe the scene Jack finds when he opens the door.

2. How does Jack react every time he relives the image of his brother David being crushed by the cultipacker?

3. 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?

4. Jack has a nightly routine upon entering the house. What is that routine? What seems different to him on this evening?

5. 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?

6. As Jack rides the tractor after the accident and tells his stories of woe, how does he react to who he has become?

7. Dale Hawthorne decides against suicide. Why does he do so? What does he do instead of killing himself?

8. What does Yegudkin say about the fact that he is now too deaf to play in an orchestra?

9. With whom does Jack begin studying French horn? What information are we given about this teacher in this section? Where does he teach?

10. 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?

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