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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 have his co-workers accepted about Jack when he stops working for lunch?
2. How does the narrator describe Jack's father before the accident?
3. What is the victim riding when he falls off and is run over?
4. How much time has passed between David's death and harvest time in the fields?
5. Where did Jack's father perform?
Short Essay Questions
1. With practice Jack is able to have major accomplishments with his horn playing. What are some of those accomplishments? Which ones seem especially important?
2. How does the narrator describe Jack's lessons with Yegudkin?
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. How does Jack respond to working with his uncles? How does he spend his time?
5. The narrator provides only two comments about the dead child, David. What are the comments? Do they tell us anything about the child?
6. 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?
7. When Jack leaves his lesson with Yegudkin, where does he go?
8. 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?
9. Where is Arcady Yegudkin from? How does he get to America? What is his story?
10. 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?
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
When Jack asks Yegudkin, "You think I'll ever play like that?" Yegudkin laughs loudly and says, "Play like me?" What does Yegudkin mean by his reply, and how does it affect Jack?
Essay Topic 3
As he is working on the tractor after his brother's death, Jack sees the field he is plowing and sees "stones lay everywhere, yellowed in the sunlight, a field of misshapen skulls." Discuss this image.
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