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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 the weather like when the narrator encounters the highway bandits after a lecture?
2. Why is it difficult to find a good horse in Honolulu?
3. What title does Jack Williams hold at one time?
4. How long does it take the narrator to travel back to the West Coast from Hawaii?
5. What is pocket mining?
Short Essay Questions
1. How long is the narrator's trip, and what does he conclude at the end of the story?
2. Who is Higbie, and why is he valuable for the narrator's search of Mr. Whiteman?
3. How does the narrator begin working for the Enterprise in Virginia?
4. How does Nevada change during the flush times, and what are nabobs?
5. What causes the narrator to travel to San Francisco?
6. How does the narrator describe San Francisco?
7. What is the process of mining silver and shipping it to California in 1865?
8. What are the two different reasons that both the narrator and Higbie abandon their blind lead claim, and what is the result?
9. What is pocket mining and the result of the narrator's attempt at it?
10. What is the new career choice the narrator makes towards the end of the book, and how does it begin?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The beginning of the narrator's trip is a preview of the events that lie ahead for him as well as the overall tone of the book.
1) Describe the events that cause the narrator to travel to the West, including the anticipated length of the trip.
2) Explain the limitations of space and amenities on the mail coach that the narrator rides on and how that parallels one of the story's themes.
3) Describe some of the ironic situations or setbacks that the narrator encounters in the initial chapters and how they establish the author's tone in the book.
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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