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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. When Jack approaches the berry bushes, what does he notice escaping from them?
2. What does Jack do to try and block out the raging in his head?
3. Where is Jack when he is making up his stories?
4. What is the difference in Jack's stories before and after the accident?
5. What is in the basket Phoebe brings to Jack?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jack think about as he prepares the cows for milking after realizing why Phoebe wanted him to say grace? How does he feel as these thoughts enter his mind?
2. 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?
3. As Jack rides the tractor after the accident and tells his stories of woe, how does he react to who he has become?
4. What do we know about Yegudkin's wife? What does she look like? What does she do?
5. What does Jack ask Yegudkin after he plays, and how does the teacher respond?
6. How does Jack feel after asking Yegudkin if he will ever play the horn as well as the teacher? How does Yegudkin respond?
7. In this story, Jack and Phoebe have very traditional roles. What are the roles each play?
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. How does the narrator describe the machinery Jack drives on the farm? Why is this image so powerful? How does it compare to the usual image associated with farm equipment?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Both Jack and his father are artists. How do each of them use their art to express their sadness?
Essay Topic 2
Three of the characters in this short story, Dale, Jack and Yegudkin, find redemption in their lives. What is each man's form of redemption? Compare and contrast them.
Essay Topic 3
As he is working on the tractor after his brother's death, Jack sees the field he is plowing and sees "stones lay everywhere, yellowed in the sunlight, a field of misshapen skulls." Discuss this image.
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