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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. Who are the heroines of Jack's stories?
(a) His mother and his sister, Phoebe.
(b) A schoolgirl named Margaret and his cousin, Linda.
(c) His teacher and a schoolgirl named Margaret.
(d) His sister and his French horn teacher.

2. How old is Jack's mother?
(a) 43.
(b) 27.
(c) 34.
(d) 30.

3. What religion are Jack's uncles?
(a) Christian Scientists.
(b) Presbyterians.
(c) Baptists.
(d) Methodists.

4. What does Jack do while waiting for the cows to finish eating?
(a) He cries in the hay.
(b) He takes a nap.
(c) He listens to them chew.
(d) He screams at the cows to hurry.

5. What does Jack become aware of about himself as he sits under the tree with Phoebe?
(a) HIs physical condition after a morning's work in the field.
(b) His anger toward his sister.
(c) His continued torment over his brother's death.
(d) His loneliness and alienation.

Short Answer Questions

1. What can Jack hear from the other workers sitting at the other lunch site?

2. What musical instrument does Jack's mother force on him?

3. What are Jack's chores after the accident?

4. What is the victim riding when he falls off and is run over?

5. What kind of man is Jack's father?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the family react to Dale Hawthorne's frequent disappearances? How does Jack react to his father's disappearances?

2. Who is involved in the accident and how old are they? Why is the accident seem particularly difficult for the two surviving children?

3. Jack and Phoebe have an interchange about saying grace over lunch. What is that interchange, and why is important to the story?

4. How does Jack's mother handle her son's death? How does she shoulder the care for her children and the farm?

5. What are some of the ways Dale Hawthorne deals with his grief over the death of his son? What comment does the narrator make as to people's opinion of Hawthorne's behavior?

6. 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?

7. As his lessons continue, what does Jack begin to realize about his teacher and his rants about America and Russia?

8. Where does Jack find peace and solace? With whom does he talk?

9. Dale Hawthorne decides against suicide. Why does he do so? What does he do instead of killing himself?

10. While Jack is sitting with Phoebe under the tree at lunchtime, he senses she wants to say something to him. How does he react? What might Phoebe wanted to talk about with her brother?

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