Roughing It Test | Final 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 wandering German brothers discovered the Whiteman Cement Mine?

2. What is the only living thing in Mono Lake?

3. What does the narrator examine for an hour in a mine in order to write an article?

4. What happens to the cities that once flourished during the Gold Rush?

5. Where did the Germans go after finding the Whiteman Cement Mine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes the narrator to travel to San Francisco?

2. How does the narrator describe the trip from Hawaii to San Francisco and what is his situation once he arrives there?

3. What lifestyle does the narrator have in the first few months of his stay in San Francisco, and how does it change dramatically?

4. What is the Whiteman Cement Mine and why is it considered to be elusive?

5. How does Nevada change during the flush times, and what are nabobs?

6. How does the narrator describe Mono Lake?

7. What difficulties does the narrator have in finding stories to write?

8. How does the narrator begin working for the Enterprise in Virginia?

9. Who is Higbie, and why is he valuable for the narrator's search of Mr. Whiteman?

10. How long does the narrator stay in Hawaii, and in what way does the author's literary tone change in these chapters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the narrator's trip on the stage coach to the trip made by a reporter after the railroad is completed. Also, include the point the author is making with the comparison and why he chooses to contrast his trip with a future one.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay that provides a detailed character analysis of the narrator. Include explanations of his main skills and character traits along with how they differ from other central characters that exist in different novels. Also, describe how the narrator connects with the reader and why that is essential to the effectiveness of the story. Use examples from the entire book to support your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

The situations of Jack Williams and Captain Ned Blakely are used to depict the value placed on reputations in the West during the 1800s.

1) Explain Jack Williams' professions, how they contradict each other, and why the narrator includes his story to describe how retaliation was used in building reputations.

2) Describe the actions of Ned Blakely, the events leading up to the trial, how he influences the verdict, and the way his outlook on retaliation reinforces the point the narrator is making.

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