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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 Jack find off of the cow path?
(a) Blueberries and raspberries.
(b) Huckleberries and blackberries.
(c) Cherries and apples.
(d) Cherries and red raspberries.
2. What do the men talk about while they are at the feed store?
(a) Feed and grain.
(b) Jack and the accident.
(c) Democrats and the weather.
(d) Their wives.
3. What is Jack indignant about when he is in the kitchen?
(a) Everyone pretending eveything is ok.
(b) Everyone talking too loudly.
(c) He is the only one working this hard.
(d) HIs mother is eating again.
4. What is Phoebe's job after everyone has finished with lunch?
(a) To pick up everything, put it all in the basket, and bring the basket home.
(b) To fill the basket with dirty laundry and bring it home.
(c) To leave the basket and the leftovers for Jack to bring back later.
(d) To pick up everything, throw it away, and go home.
5. What about his surroundings does Jack become aware of while eating his lunch?
(a) There are birds singing in the trees.
(b) It is a breezeless, insect-ridden heat.
(c) The day has begun to cool down.
(d) There are clouds in the sky predicting rain.
Short Answer Questions
1. After the accident, what are the themes of Jack's stories?
2. What is the kitchen like in Jack's house?
3. Where is Jack when he is making up his stories?
4. What time of day is it when Jack brings in the herd from the upper pasture?
5. To whom does Jack confide in and tell his tractor stories?
Short Essay Questions
1. In this story, Jack and Phoebe have very traditional roles. What are the roles each play?
2. How old is Phoebe when she brings lunch out to the field? As she comes out to the field, how is she described by the narrator? What are her responsibilities?
3. Jack begins to play the French horn in earnest. Why does he do this? Where does he practice?
4. What do we know about Yegudkin's wife? What does she look like? What does she do?
5. How does the family react to Dale Hawthorne's frequent disappearances? How does Jack react to his father's disappearances?
6. With whom does Jack begin studying French horn? What information are we given about this teacher in this section? Where does he teach?
7. Jack and Phoebe have an interchange about saying grace over lunch. What is that interchange, and why is important to the story?
8. How does the story open? How does the first sentence compel the reader to read the next?
9. When Dale Hawthorne returns home after his three week absence, he does not leave again. What does he do to occupy his time? What does he do when he becomes restless?
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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