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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. As Jack walks down the road, what is on his left?
3. What part does Jack play in his made-up stories?
4. What kind of man is Jack's father?
5. Where does Jack sometimes find his father after the accident?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Yegudkin say about the fact that he is now too deaf to play in an orchestra?
2. How does the family react to Dale Hawthorne's frequent disappearances? How does Jack react to his father's disappearances?
3. How does Jack Hawthorne spend much of his time after the accidental death of his brother? What does he do during those activities?
4. 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?
5. With practice Jack is able to have major accomplishments with his horn playing. What are some of those accomplishments? Which ones seem especially important?
6. Jack has a nightly routine upon entering the house. What is that routine? What seems different to him on this evening?
7. Although he practices in the hayloft and is part of the civic orchestra, Jack refuses to play his horn either at church or at home. Why?
8. 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?
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. How does the narrator describe Jack's lessons with Yegudkin?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
Based on the various pieces of information and historical references, approximately when does this story take place? Justify your answer.
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