Redemption Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Jack's mother's support system after the accident?

2. What is the kitchen like in Jack's house?

3. What is it that makes Jack crazy once his good feelings wear off?

4. What recitation of his father's does Jack recall as he suffers his anger and grief?

5. What musical instrument does Jack's mother force on him?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does the family react to Dale Hawthorne's frequent disappearances? How does Jack react to his father's disappearances?

3. What are some of the ways Dale Hawthorne deals with his grief over the death of his son? What comment does the narrator make as to people's opinion of Hawthorne's behavior?

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

5. How does Jack's house compare to his work? What senses are aroused at home? What senses are aroused when he is out on the tractor? Why does Jack feel so uncomfortable in his home?

6. With whom does Jack begin studying French horn? What information are we given about this teacher in this section? Where does he teach?

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

8. As Jack rides the tractor after the accident and tells his stories of woe, how does he react to who he has become?

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

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

Essay Topics

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

How is Jack's experience with death and loss similar to that of Yegudkin? How is it different?

Essay Topic 3

Based on the various pieces of information and historical references, approximately when does this story take place?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

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