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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. How does Phoebe feel about having lunch with her brother?
(a) She is disappointed her mother does not join them.
(b) She is sad to see Jack sitting all alone.
(c) She is angry that she has to carry the heavy basket up the hill.
(d) She is happy to get out of the house and away from her chores.
2. What is Phoebe doing in the kitchen when Jack comes in?
(a) Scrubbing the sink.
(b) Making chicken salad.
(c) Making cakes.
(d) Mopping the floor.
3. What sound does Jack remember from the accident?
(a) The thunder following the lightening strike.
(b) His sister's scream.
(c) The crack of his brother's skull.
(d) The sound of heavy equipment.
4. What is the difference in Jack's stories before and after the accident?
(a) Before they are of people; after they are of cows and horses.
(b) Before they were of conquest; after they are of guilt.
(c) Before they are of Attica prison breaks; after they are of movie stars.
(d) Before they are of superheroes; after they are of monsters.
5. What is Jack indignant about when he is in the kitchen?
(a) Everyone pretending eveything is ok.
(b) He is the only one working this hard.
(c) Everyone talking too loudly.
(d) HIs mother is eating again.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Jack use to push the manure in the barn into the gutters?
2. What is Jack's mother's support system after the accident?
3. Where is Jack when he is making up his stories?
4. How much time has passed between David's death and harvest time in the fields?
5. What sight does Jack see when he remembers his brother's death?
Short Essay Questions
1. In this story, Jack and Phoebe have very traditional roles. What are the roles each play?
2. What is Jack's "black memory"? What sounds and sights does Jack relive in his black memory?
3. When Jack and Phoebe are having lunch and Jack does not want to say grace, he notices that Phoebe's eyes grow large with alarm. The narrator says, "and, though he did not know why, his heart gave a jump." Why does Jack's heart jump when he sees how frighted Phoebe is?
4. What kinds of stories does Jack tell while he is riding on the tractor by himself before the accident? How do his stories change after the accident?
5. 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?
6. Where does Jack find peace and solace? With whom does he talk?
7. How does Jack respond to working with his uncles? How does he spend his time?
8. Jack has a nightly routine upon entering the house. What is that routine? What seems different to him on this evening?
9. The narrator provides only two comments about the dead child, David. What are the comments? Do they tell us anything about the child?
10. Jack's father has been gone over three weeks. In what position does Jack find himself? Have his responsibilities changed? Who is he working with now?
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