Roughing It 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. How does the narrator's party determine that they are lost in the beginning of Chapter XXXII?

2. What is interesting about Carson Lake?

3. What idea does the mining party abandon the digging of their mine for?

4. What kind of weapon does the narrator carry?

5. What is the author's goal in Roughing It?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator help his brother in writing to the government for money?

2. What is the Great American Desert like, and what is interesting about Carson Lake?

3. What causes the narrator to marvel at the sight of the Rocky Mountains?

4. Who accompanies the narrator on his trip to Humboldt County, and how does the first two hundred miles of their expedition go?

5. How does the narrator describe the coyotes he sees?

6. How does the narrator discuss the Mormon religion?

7. What are Twain's views about the amount of information in the book, as he states in the Prefatory?

8. How long is the Prefatory in Roughing It, and what is its purpose?

9. How does the narrator's party claim their mining areas along the mountains in Unionville, and what happens as they try to work in them?

10. What warning is the narrator and his party given as they approach the Honey Lake Smith's Inn, and what is their response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the historical significance of Roughing It by explaining the value and uniqueness of the first hand account being provided. In your analysis, answer the following questions: What are the most significant events that the narrator witnesses? How is the process of silver mining described? What are the "flush times" and how do they affect the narrator and other people living in the West? What other changes have a big impact on Western life? In what way does the media contribute to the actions of the narrator and other would be miners? How does the information in the book support Twain's intentions of writing it as stated in the Prefatory?

Essay Topic 2

Humor and satire are used to depict the dire situation of the narrator and his crew as they are trapped in a snow storm.

1) Describe the actions of the narrator and his party as they prepare to face almost certain death after being lost in the snow.

2) What is the irony about the location of their camp and their actions once they are saved?

3) How does the author use humor in the situation and what is the satirical point he is making with it?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the author's descriptions of the Goshoot Indians and the Chinese people that live in the West during the late 1800s.

1) Describe the Goshoot Indians and provide specific examples of why the narrator objects to their way of life.

2) Describe the Chinese people and how the author depicts their way of life in California.

3) Analyze the difference between the narrator's views of the Goshoots and the Chinese people, including how his descriptions of them add validity to his views.

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