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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 a Kanaka?
2. According to the narrator, how much silver has Nevada shipped in 1865?
3. Although his work is never published in the paper, what does the narrator write specifically for The Occidental?
4. How long is the narrator the chief editor of the newspaper before resigning?
5. How much money does the narrator borrow from the bank in Chapter LV?
Short Essay Questions
1. How long is the narrator's trip, and what does he conclude at the end of the story?
2. What difficulties does the narrator have in finding stories to write?
3. Who is Jack Williams and what does his story depict about Nevada in the late 1800s?
4. How does the narrator describe Hawaii and what initial setback does he encounter there?
5. How does Nevada change during the flush times, and what are nabobs?
6. What is the process of mining silver and shipping it to California in 1865?
7. How does the narrator begin working for the Enterprise in Virginia?
8. Why is finding a good horse a difficult task in Hawaii?
9. What happens when the narrator encounters a band of highway bandits after a lecture?
10. What causes the narrator to travel to San Francisco?
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
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
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.
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