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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 does Jack do while waiting for the cows to finish eating?
2. What is the kitchen like in Jack's house?
3. As Jack walks down the road, what is on his right?
4. At the time of the harvest, how long has Jack's father been gone?
5. What time of day is it when Jack brings in the herd from the upper pasture?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Describe the Hawthorne family farm that Jack works on a year and a half later. What has changed? What remains the same?
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. The narrator explains that Dale Hawthorne "trades off his sorrow for the sorrows of others." What does he mean by this?
5. Jack and Phoebe have an interchange about saying grace over lunch. What is that interchange, and why is important to the story?
6. When he is driving the tractor, how does Jack's behavior mimic that of his father?
7. What does Yegudkin say about the fact that he is now too deaf to play in an orchestra?
8. How does Jack Hawthorne spend much of his time after the accidental death of his brother? What does he do during those activities?
9. How does the story open? How does the first sentence compel the reader to read the next?
10. How does Jack respond to working with his uncles? How does he spend his time?
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
Both Jack and his father are artists. How do each of them use their art to express their sadness?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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