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. When Jack is on the tractor and a storm begins, what does he do?

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

3. What part does Jack play in his made-up stories?

4. What sight does Jack see when he remembers his brother's death?

5. What is Jack referring to when he says "it was what life ought to be, what he'd once believed it was."?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jack react when his father reads Jack's poems in public? Why does he feel the way he does about his father's poetry readings?

2. 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?

3. When Jack comes into the house after work and finds the kitchen empty and the living room door closed, he opens the door to walk into the living room. Describe the scene Jack finds when he opens the door.

4. While Jack is sitting with Phoebe under the tree at lunchtime, he senses she wants to say something to him. How does he react? What might Phoebe wanted to talk about with her brother?

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

6. How does the family react to Dale Hawthorne's frequent disappearances? How does Jack react to his father's disappearances?

7. Jack begins to play the French horn in earnest. Why does he do this? Where does he practice?

8. 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?

9. How does the narrator describe Jack's lessons with Yegudkin?

10. How does Jack respond to working with his uncles? How does he spend his time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Dale Hawthorne is described as being in the throws of a religious crisis after the death of his son. What is his spiritual crisis, and how does he deal with it?

Essay Topic 3

Who are Dale and Betty Hawthorne? What are they like before the accident and after? How does the death of their son affect them?

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