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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 does Phoebe give Jack besides his lunch?

2. For what does Jack's father often abandon his wife and children?

3. What is Phoebe's attitude as she carries the basket filled with lunch up to the field hands?

4. How does Jack feel when he is in the barn with the cows and other animals?

5. How old is Phoebe when we see her bringing lunch to her brother Jack?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jack Hawthorne spend much of his time after the accidental death of his brother? What does he do during those activities?

2. When Jack leaves his lesson with Yegudkin, where does he go?

3. 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?

4. What does Yegudkin say about the fact that he is now too deaf to play in an orchestra?

5. When he is driving the tractor, how does Jack's behavior mimic that of his father?

6. Jack is "touched" by his sister's presence at lunchtime in the field. Why is this? What does he notice about her?

7. 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?

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

9. Describe the Hawthorne family farm that Jack works on a year and a half later. What has changed? What remains the same?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

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

Both Jack and his father are artists. How do each of them use their art to express their sadness?

Essay Topic 3

Three of the characters in this short story, Dale, Jack and Yegudkin, find redemption in their lives. What is each man's form of redemption? Compare and contrast them.

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