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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 it that makes Jack crazy once his good feelings wear off?
(a) The amount of work to do on the farm.
(b) The lack of rain.
(c) The fact that his father is gone.
(d) The stupidity of the cows.

2. What happens to Jack when he has painful thoughts on the tractor?
(a) He shakes in weakness and finally gets off the tractor to rest.
(b) He stops the tractor and goes home for something to eat.
(c) He sobs and loses control of the tractor.
(d) He laughs it all off and drives the tractor home.

3. What can Jack hear from the other workers sitting at the other lunch site?
(a) Laughter over a joke told by his cousin.
(b) Laughter and yelling.
(c) Whispering.
(d) A man yelling over to him.

4. When Jack enters his home after riding the tractor home in the thunderstorm, how does he behave?
(a) He is aloof.
(b) He is furous.
(c) He is friendly.
(d) He is silent.

5. What does Jack drink from the thermos Phoebe brings him?
(a) Lemonade.
(b) Cold milk.
(c) Iced water.
(d) Iced tea.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Phoebe's job after everyone has finished with lunch?

2. How old is the character who accidentally kills the child?

3. What does Jack do while waiting for the cows to finish eating?

4. What is Jack referring to when he says "it was what life ought to be, what he'd once believed it was."?

5. When Jack stops for lunch after driving the tractor in the fields all morning, where does he sit?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene in which Yegudkin opens the Alexander he has ordered for a student.

2. With practice Jack is able to have major accomplishments with his horn playing. What are some of those accomplishments? Which ones seem especially important?

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

4. How does Jack react when his father reads Jack's poems in public? Why does he feel the way he does about his father's poetry readings?

5. While crouching next to his father upon Dale Hawthorne's homecoming, Jack softly whispers something no one can hear. What does he say, and why does he softly whisper this so that it is inaudible?

6. Describe the Hawthorne family farm that Jack works on a year and a half later. What has changed? What remains the same?

7. In this story, Jack and Phoebe have very traditional roles. What are the roles each play?

8. The narrator explains that Dale Hawthorne "trades off his sorrow for the sorrows of others." What does he mean by this?

9. How does the narrator describe Jack's lessons with Yegudkin?

10. 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?

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