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 many soldiers do the travelers encounter at Fort Bridger?

2. What is the result of the first fight between Slade and Jules?

3. How long does the narrator's crew rest in Carson City before heading back to Esmeralda?

4. What job has the narrator's brother been given for the state of Nevada?

5. What makes the snow-covered mountains especially impressive to the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the story of Bemis and the buffalo, and how do the other passengers respond to it?

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

3. What is the weather like in Unionville and what does the narrator find there?

4. What are the limitations of the stage coach that is going to Carson City, Nevada, and which items does the narrator take with him?

5. What leads the narrator and his party to Esmeralda?

6. What is the reality of the alkali desert as the narrator experiences it after leaving Salt Lake City?

7. How does the narrator begin his journey in Chapter I?

8. What is the experience the narrator has in buying a horse in Carson City?

9. How does the narrator live past the cold night, and what is ironic about the crew's actions afterward?

10. How is the breakfast that the narrator is served in Nebraska described, and what future traveling accommodations does he compare his situation to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the court case between Hyde and Morgan. Include the events leading up to the case and each side's arguments. Also, explain the significance of the referee, his decision, and the message the narrator is delivering with the outcome of the case.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Writing is a very important factor for the narrator in Roughing It and is a crucial element in his success at the end of the book.

1) Describe how the narrator's gift of words and communication is presented throughout the story.

2) Explain how the narrator uses his skills to begin a successful career at the end of the story and why this is both a natural and ironic choice for him.

3) Analyze how the narrator finds success when he uses his ability to write by describing 3 examples from the book. Also, include Twain's conclusion about traveling, and how writing inspires him to use his experiences in a historic way that has a lasting effect on future generations.

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