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. As Jack walks down the road, what is on his left?

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

3. When does Jack feel almost happy and content?

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

5. What happens to Jack when he has painful thoughts on the tractor?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. With practice Jack is able to have major accomplishments with his horn playing. What are some of those accomplishments? Which ones seem especially important?

5. The narrator provides only two comments about the dead child, David. What are the comments? Do they tell us anything about the child?

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. Although Jack's morning routines are pleasant, his guilt creeps into his day and the illusions of the morning are shattered. How does he behave as the day continues? What changes for him?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. Where is Arcady Yegudkin from? How does he get to America? What is his story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based on the various pieces of information and historical references, approximately when does this story take place? Justify your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The narrator compares Jack working out his feeling while he works on the farm to acting on a stage. What is Jack's stage? What is his performance? Who is his audience?

Essay Topic 3

When Jack asks Yegudkin, "You think I'll ever play like that?" Yegudkin laughs loudly and says, "Play like me?" What does Yegudkin mean by his reply, and how does it affect Jack?

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