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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. How old is Jack's mother?
2. How much time has passed between David's death and harvest time in the fields?
3. What does Phoebe ask Jack as he begins his lunch?
4. What month is it when Jack sits under the tree with Phoebe and has lunch?
5. What is Jack's mother's support system after the accident?
Short Essay Questions
1. Dale Hawthorne decides against suicide. Why does he do so? What does he do instead of killing himself?
2. What do we know about Yegudkin's wife? What does she look like? What does she do?
3. Although Jack's morning routines are pleasant, his guilt creeps into his day and the illusions of the morning are shattered. How does he behave as the day continues? What changes for him?
4. When Jack and Phoebe are having lunch and Jack does not want to say grace, he notices that Phoebe's eyes grow large with alarm. The narrator says, "and, though he did not know why, his heart gave a jump." Why does Jack's heart jump when he sees how frighted Phoebe is?
5. 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?
6. Jack is "touched" by his sister's presence at lunchtime in the field. Why is this? What does he notice about her?
7. How does Jack respond to Yegudkin's performance on the French horn? How is the performance described?
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. 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?
10. Who is involved in the accident and how old are they? Why is the accident seem particularly difficult for the two surviving children?
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Based on the various pieces of information and historical references, approximately when does this story take place?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 mother says "that horn's his whole world." Is this indeed true? What else does Jack have in his life?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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