Redemption Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Jack's mother deal with her grief outwardly?

2. What does Jack drink from the thermos Phoebe brings him?

3. How does the narrator describe Jack's mother before the accident?

4. What explanation does Jack give Phoebe at the beginning of lunch that puts her at rest?

5. What time of day is it when Jack brings in the herd from the upper pasture?

Short Essay Questions

1. What chores are Jack responsible for when he works in the barn? What feelings do the chores arouse in him?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. Describe the scene in which Yegudkin opens the Alexander he has ordered for a student.

5. How does Jack Hawthorne spend much of his time after the accidental death of his brother? What does he do during those activities?

6. Jack begins to play the French horn in earnest. Why does he do this? Where does he practice?

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

8. The narrator explains that Dale Hawthorne "trades off his sorrow for the sorrows of others." What does he mean by this?

9. 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?

10. What does Jack ask Yegudkin after he plays, and how does the teacher respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Of all the characters in the story, Betty Hawthorne has the most stability. Discuss her support system, and how her traditional role as a wife and mother help her cope with the death of her son.

Essay Topic 2

How is Jack's experience with death and loss similar to that of Yegudkin? How is it different?

Essay Topic 3

Who are Dale and Betty Hawthorne? What are they like before the accident and after? How does the death of their son affect them?

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