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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 comfort him and his sibling?
2. What is Jack's mother's support system after the accident?
3. What does Jack finally contemplate while riding on the tractor telling his stories?
4. What is Jack's response to what he sees as he starts up the tractor after lunch with Phoebe?
5. What is Phoebe's job after everyone has finished with lunch?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. How old is Phoebe when she brings lunch out to the field? As she comes out to the field, how is she described by the narrator? What are her responsibilities?
3. The narrator describes a soliloquy spoken by Jack's father at the Grange one night. How does Jack remember his father on that evening? Why does he recall this memory when he is angry?
4. What does the reader realize when Yegudkin plays the French horn?
5. 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.
6. The narrator provides only two comments about the dead child, David. What are the comments? Do they tell us anything about the child?
7. Jack's father has been gone over three weeks. In what position does Jack find himself? Have his responsibilities changed? Who is he working with now?
8. How does the story open? How does the first sentence compel the reader to read the next?
9. 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?
10. How do Jack's family and his mother's friends view his passionate interest in his horn? Are they concerned? Why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
As Yegudkin plays the horn, Jack is carried away by the man's skill and art. Describe the scene, and discuss the images used to describe Yegudkin's playing.
Essay Topic 2
The narrator, when talking about the stories Jack tells aloud based on his fantasies, states "the lie was too obvious, the manipulation of shame to buy love." What does he mean by this statement? How does it apply to Dale Hawthorne?
Essay Topic 3
The women in the story play minor roles yet are important to moving the story forward. Choose two women in "Redemption" and discuss their roles and the importance of those roles in the story.
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