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. To whom does Jack confide in and tell his tractor stories?

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

3. What is Phoebe doing in the kitchen when Jack comes in?

4. What is one habit Jack's father takes up after the accident?

5. Where does Jack feel a sense of belonging when he is working?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does Jack's mother handle her son's death? How does she shoulder the care for her children and the farm?

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

4. What does the reader realize when Yegudkin plays the French horn?

5. Who is involved in the accident and how old are they? Why is the accident seem particularly difficult for the two surviving children?

6. How does Jack react every time he relives the image of his brother David being crushed by the cultipacker?

7. 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?

8. How do Jack's family and his mother's friends view his passionate interest in his horn? Are they concerned? Why?

9. 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?

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is Jack's experience with death and loss similar to that of Yegudkin? How is it different?

Essay Topic 2

Jack's mother says "that horn's his whole world." Is this indeed true? What else does Jack have in his life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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