Stern Men 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. What is Ruth's first word?

2. What produces a distinctive population on these islands?

3. Why does Vera order Cal to drive home in Chapter 6?

4. Who is the wife of Robin?

5. Who builds a coffin in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Simon and Ruth talk about as they watch Webster in Chapter 2?

2. Describe the scenery along Ellis Road.

3. How do Stan and Mary meet? What do they think of one another when they first meet?

4. What does Cal complain about when he finds Ruth in Chapter 5?

5. How are Fort Niles and Courne Haven islands alike?

6. Who is Cal Cooley?

7. What does Ruth think of Angus?

8. Why is Ruth sent to Delaware? How does she feel about this move?

9. What does Simon think of Lanford?

10. Where and when is the novel "Stern Men" set?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the conclusion of the novel "Stern Men". Are you satisfied with the ending? Why or why not? Is the conclusion a happy one? Are there any unanswered questions? Would you change anything?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the secondary characters of the novel. Who are they and what are their roles in the novel? Describe their relationships with Ruth.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the motif of family in the novel "Stern Men". Describe Ruth's relationship with her father and mother. Describe the Pommeroy and Ellis families.

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