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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 does Jack come to feel about his raging on the tractor?

2. What does Phoebe ask Jack as he begins his lunch?

3. How old is the character who accidentally kills the child?

4. How does Jack's mother comfort him and his sibling?

5. Where does Jack feel a sense of belonging when he is working?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the reader realize when Yegudkin plays the French horn?

2. When Dale Hawthorne returns home after his three week absence, he does not leave again. What does he do to occupy his time? What does he do when he becomes restless?

3. What is Jack's first reaction when he sees his father and what is occurring in the living room? Why can he not act on his impulse to run?

4. Where does Jack find peace and solace? With whom does he talk?

5. What is Jack's "black memory"? What sounds and sights does Jack relive in his black memory?

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. 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?

8. The narrator explains that Dale Hawthorne "trades off his sorrow for the sorrows of others." What does he mean by this?

9. What do we know about Yegudkin's wife? What does she look like? What does she do?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Based on the various pieces of information and historical references, approximately when does this story take place? Justify your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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