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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 does one of Betty's friends say to her about Jack?
(a) "My, what big hands he has!"
(b) "This is your son, Betty?"
(c) "He has gotten so tall!"
(d) "My, what long blond hair he has!"
2. Where on the farm does Jack work with his uncles?
(a) In the silo shoveling grain.
(b) In the back forty with the cultipacker.
(c) In the dairy barn with the cows.
(d) In the fields with the tractors.
3. How does Jack's mother deal with her grief outwardly?
(a) By crying nightly with the children.
(b) By refusing to speak to her husband.
(c) By playing cards with friends.
(d) By eating herself into a state of being overweight.
4. How does Jack feel when he is in the barn with the cows and other animals?
(a) He feels confused and anxious.
(b) He feels remorseful and guilty.
(c) He feels lonely and frightened.
(d) He feels at home and almost pleasant.
5. How does Jack's mother comfort him and his sibling?
(a) By embracing them and giving constant praise and reassurance.
(b) By telling them the accident was not their fault.
(c) By reading the Bible to them nightly.
(d) By taking them on long drives.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Phoebe give Jack besides his lunch?
2. How does Phoebe feel about having lunch with her brother?
3. What is Jack referring to when he says "it was what life ought to be, what he'd once believed it was."?
4. What sound does Jack remember from the accident?
5. What kind of man is Jack's father?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Jack's uncles. What do they do on the farm? What do they look like? How do they behave?
2. 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?
3. How does Jack's mother handle her son's death? How does she shoulder the care for her children and the farm?
4. 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?
5. As his lessons continue, what does Jack begin to realize about his teacher and his rants about America and Russia?
6. The narrator provides only two comments about the dead child, David. What are the comments? Do they tell us anything about the child?
7. 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?
8. Jack has a nightly routine upon entering the house. What is that routine? What seems different to him on this evening?
9. Jack and Phoebe have an interchange about saying grace over lunch. What is that interchange, and why is important to the story?
10. What does the reader realize when Yegudkin plays the French horn?
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