The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Test | Final Test - Hard

Ron Hansen (novelist)
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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 does the governor tell Bob and Charley the reward money he'd promised depended on?

2. What do Bob and Charley discover when they go to the sheriff's office to turn themselves in after shooting Jesse?

3. What does Bob tell the sheriff to check on Jesse's body to verify it is who Bob says it is?

4. Who wrote the song "The Ballade of Jesse James"?

5. Where are Bob, Charley, and Jesse when they get into a shooting contest with another man?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bob tell Jesse he wants to do with the gun Jesse gave him?

2. Why does Jesse like "The House on the Hill" so much?

3. What happens when several men arrive on horseback at the courthouse where Bob and Charley are being held?

4. How does Charley respond to Bob's confession that he plans to kill Jesse?

5. What happens after a little boy finds the decomposing body of Wood Hite?

6. What arrangement do Bob and Timberlake make around a ten-day period?

7. What does Jesse confess to Charley one night when he wakes him up?

8. What does Bob say in response to questioning about why his underwear has someone else's initials on them?

9. Why is Timberlake suspicious that Jesse will ever show up again that Bob will indeed turn him in?

10. What does Zerelda Samuels yell when she sees her son's murdered body?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify what you think is the tone for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and discuss 3 literary devices that Hansen uses to create this tone.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one female character in the novel and describe at least 3 things that Hansen is able to do with her character because she is a woman AND at least 3 things he is not able to do with her because she is a woman.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze at least 3 different literary techniques Hansen uses to create tension in the novel.

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