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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. What does Jack's father struggle with about his religious beliefs?
2. How far is the Hawthorne farm from the nearest house?
3. What do his co-workers accept about Dale Hawthorne since his son has died?
4. What does Jack do to try and block out the raging in his head?
5. What is Phoebe doing in the kitchen when Jack comes in?
Short Essay Questions
1. What conclusion does Jack come to about himself after realizing he does not love people as well as he should? How does he react to his own conclusions?
2. When he is driving the tractor, how does Jack's behavior mimic that of his father?
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. 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?
5. Jack and Phoebe have an interchange about saying grace over lunch. What is that interchange, and why is important to the story?
6. 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?
7. 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?
8. When Jack comes into the house after work and finds the kitchen empty and the living room door closed, he opens the door to walk into the living room. Describe the scene Jack finds when he opens the door.
9. With practice Jack is able to have major accomplishments with his horn playing. What are some of those accomplishments? Which ones seem especially important?
10. When Dale looks up to the door and sees Jack, what does Dale say to his son? How does Jack respond to his father?
Essay Topic 1
Jack did not stop the tractor once it had begun dragging the cultipacker over his brother's body. In the second sentence the narrator explains Jack could have applied the brakes and saved his brother. What are some possible reasons Jack did not stop the tractor but stood and watched his brother die instead?
Essay Topic 2
Both Jack and his father are artists. How do each of them use their art to express their sadness?
Essay Topic 3
How is Jack's experience with death and loss similar to that of Yegudkin? How is it different?
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