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

2. What is like "stain on a sponge"?

3. Who says that William's decision to remain a widower is indecent?

4. In Abigail's imagination, who stands next to her on the porch in the first Book of Abigail?

5. Where are the Robertsons rumored to build the latest addition to their business?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the still that William eventually finds.

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

6. Explain the term Freejack.

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

8. How does William live his life after the death of his wife and son?

9. In the first Book of Abigail, what does Abigail remember of being a child in this house?

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

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 the first section of the book, the reader is introduced to Abigail. Although no specifics are given, it's evident that Abigail has been through a lot. Describe Abigail's mood. What in the first section helps you arrive at your conclusions?

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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