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 illusion does Abigail have in the first chapter?

2. Where does William's daughter go to college?

3. When Abigail was a child, who slept in the great tester bed in the south bedroom?

4. From what state did William Marshall Howland originally come?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What caused the "ugly smears" in the sky in October in the first section?

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

10. What does Aimee Legendre Howland have a craving for, and how does she meet this craving?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss why Margaret defers to Ramona, another servant, by accepting the worst of the bedding and addressing her with "Yes'm."

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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