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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) Everyone talking too loudly.
(b) Everyone pretending eveything is ok.
(c) HIs mother is eating again.
(d) He is the only one working this hard.

2. How does Jack's mother deal with her grief outwardly?
(a) By crying nightly with the children.
(b) By eating herself into a state of being overweight.
(c) By playing cards with friends.
(d) By refusing to speak to her husband.

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

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

5. How does Jack's mother comfort him and his sibling?
(a) By telling them the accident was not their fault.
(b) By taking them on long drives.
(c) By embracing them and giving constant praise and reassurance.
(d) By reading the Bible to them nightly.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jack finally contemplate while riding on the tractor telling his stories?

2. What does Jack do while riding on the tractor?

3. When Jack approaches the berry bushes, what does he notice escaping from them?

4. While riding on the tractor, what things does Jack say about himself to himself?

5. How far is the Hawthorne farm from the nearest house?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the story open? How does the first sentence compel the reader to read the next?

2. Now that his father is home to stay, what does Jack with his free time. Why?

3. 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?

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

5. 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.

6. The narrator describes a soliloquy spoken by Jack's father at the Grange one night. How does Jack remember his father on that evening? Why does he recall this memory when he is angry?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. When Dale looks up to the door and sees Jack, what does Dale say to his son? How does Jack respond to his father?

10. What does Jack think about as he prepares the cows for milking after realizing why Phoebe wanted him to say grace? How does he feel as these thoughts enter his mind?

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