The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 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 often does Bob talk as the gang waits for the train on Independence Hill to arrive?

2. During his recovery from being shot, what college does Jesse decide he wants to go to?

3. Who is John W. Whicher?

4. What do detectives throw into Jesse's mother's house?

5. What is Wood's relationship to Jesse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What "gift" does Jesse give Chappy Foote as he is leaving the train after robbing it?

2. What does Frank declare about the gang after they rob the train on Independence Hill?

3. What is Jesse's attitude, when the novel opens, toward smoking and drinking?

4. What wounds does Jesse have when he is first introduced into the text?

5. What happens to the children that Annie and Zee give birth to around the same time?

6. What does Jesse offer to do before leaving Chappy Foote's train after robbing it -- and how does Chappy respond to the offer?

7. How do the people of the train that the gang robs on Independence Hill respond when Frank tells them they don't rob preachers or widows?

8. What is Ed talking about when Jesse shoots him?

9. Who do Union soldiers try to beat information out of during the Civil War?

10. What does Annie do when she marries Frank?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Present a well-reasoned paper arguing whether the reader is supposed to find Bob Ford a likable (dedicated, determined, trying to do the "right" thing) character OR an unlikable (manipulative, fame-hungry, back-stabbing, weak) character. Make sure to use specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Who is the most powerful figure in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"? Make sure to use direct examples and quotations from the text to support your well-written thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss at least 3 ways that the violence and/or robbery scenes in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" are gratuitously violent and why such violence takes away from the plot and/or rest of the text.

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