The Keepers of the House 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. Which one of Margaret's children has Abigail recently seen in the first chapter?

2. What is likker?

3. What looks like a choppy sea to Abigail?

4. How old is William when he thinks that he is old?

5. What is Abigail's son's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. In addition to the month being stated, what other clues about the season is the reader given in the first paragraph?

2. What delays William's trip into the swamp to find the Robertson's liquor still?

3. What does the narrator mean when she says that the county will find out about her oldest daughters being sent away because "they always know everything"?

4. What is the reaction when William subscribes to the New York Tribune at his daughter's request?

5. How is the content of "The Keepers of the House" organized?

6. Immediately after Lorena's death, what plants does William notice?

7. What does the narrator say in the first section that indicates that she might be lonely?

8. Describe the land that William Marshall Howland claims.

9. Describe the still that William eventually finds.

10. What memories does Abigail think of after she thinks the owl flies over the river?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Abigail knows that John has joined racist societies like the Ku Klux Klan and the Citizen's Council. At first she believes that it's just something he's required to do as a Southern man in power. Since he treats Margaret and Oliver nicely, she believes he isn't prejudiced. Discuss what prejudice is and what it looks like.

Essay Topic 2

In reciting the history of the Howlands, deaths are treated matter-of-factly and with little emotion. While the scene of Lorena's death carries little emotion, it is described with great detail. Why is this significant?

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the book, Abigail has taken steps to enact her revenge. She demonstrates that she is the one in power. If she is indeed, in power, then why does the book end with her unraveling into tears?

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