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. What is flying around the porch in the first chapter?

2. Who is best man at Abigail's wedding to Gregory Mason?

3. How many people are among the "parade of figures" that Abigail sees in her mind?

4. When Abigail is being honest with herself, she find herself wishing that ______________was not alive.

5. In the first Book of Abigail, who avoids the porch light?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Howland tomb and its eventual use.

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

3. What has survived the frost in the first section to Abigail's surprise and how?

4. Describe the still that William eventually finds.

5. Why is the November evening so quiet and final?

6. Describe Lorena Adams.

7. What are Abigail's younger children doing as she stands on the porch?

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

9. What does William Howland do for amusement while living in Atlanta?

10. What is the appearance of the front yard in the first section/chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify five examples of racial tension in "The Keepers of the House," and analyze them.

Essay Topic 2

What is the purpose of naming a child after a parent, in particular, naming sons after their fathers? When William Marshal Howland has a son, he is named only William Howland with the explanation that "his mother having come from ordinary people with no feeling for their name." Is naming of children tied to class or status?

Essay Topic 3

In "The Keepers of the House," there are two Abigail books. One is the shortest book, and the other is the largest. Compare and contrast the purpose of these two books in this novel.

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