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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 is Phoebe doing in the kitchen when Jack comes in?
3. What does Jack do while riding on the tractor?
4. What can Jack hear from the other workers sitting at the other lunch site?
5. What is Phoebe's job after everyone has finished with lunch?
Short Essay Questions
1. What chores are Jack responsible for when he works in the barn? What feelings do the chores arouse in him?
2. 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?
3. Jack begins to play the French horn in earnest. Why does he do this? Where does he practice?
4. What conclusion does Jack come to about himself after realizing he does not love people as well as he should? How does he react to his own conclusions?
5. How does the narrator describe the machinery Jack drives on the farm? Why is this image so powerful? How does it compare to the usual image associated with farm equipment?
6. 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?
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. The narrator describes a soliloquy spoken by Jack's father at the Grange one night. How does Jack remember his father on that evening? Why does he recall this memory when he is angry?
9. Dale Hawthorne decides against suicide. Why does he do so? What does he do instead of killing himself?
10. Describe the scene in which Yegudkin opens the Alexander he has ordered for a student.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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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