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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 is Phoebe's attitude as she carries the basket filled with lunch up to the field hands?
2. What does Phoebe ask Jack as he begins his lunch?
3. What is the kitchen like in Jack's house?
4. What is one of the story themes Jack uses again and again?
5. How old is the youngest child at the time of the accident?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jack ask Yegudkin after he plays, and how does the teacher respond?
2. Jack has a nightly routine upon entering the house. What is that routine? What seems different to him on this evening?
3. The narrator explains that Dale Hawthorne "trades off his sorrow for the sorrows of others." What does he mean by this?
4. 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?
5. 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?
6. As his lessons continue, what does Jack begin to realize about his teacher and his rants about America and Russia?
7. 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?
8. Where is Arcady Yegudkin from? How does he get to America? What is his story?
9. 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?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Based on the various pieces of information and historical references, approximately when does this story take place? Justify your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Jack's feelings for his father are complex. Discuss the array of emotions Jack has for his father at different times in the story, and support your discussion with examples.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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