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. What religion are Jack's uncles?

2. What is Phoebe's attitude as she carries the basket filled with lunch up to the field hands?

3. Where does Jack sometimes find his father after the accident?

4. How much time has passed between David's death and harvest time in the fields?

5. For what is Dale Hawthorne well-known in his town?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene in which Yegudkin opens the Alexander he has ordered for a student.

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. Later in the evening following their lunch, Jack comes to understand about why Phoebe is alarmed about his not saying grace before eating. What does he realize grace means to Phoebe?

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. How does Jack's house compare to his work? What senses are aroused at home? What senses are aroused when he is out on the tractor? Why does Jack feel so uncomfortable in his home?

7. While crouching next to his father upon Dale Hawthorne's homecoming, Jack softly whispers something no one can hear. What does he say, and why does he softly whisper this so that it is inaudible?

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

9. 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?

10. Jack has a nightly routine upon entering the house. What is that routine? What seems different to him on this evening?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Jack and Dale both struggle with both the question of the existence of God and the existence of good and evil after David's death. Discuss both character's different approaches to the struggle with these two topics.

Essay Topic 3

On the farm, Jack has two primary responsibilities: tending to the cows in the mornings and working the fields. Compare and contrast these two jobs in relation to how Jack responds to each one.

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