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 had William hunted as a boy for a quarter for each skin?

2. Who are Calvin and John Robertson?

3. When William tells his granddaughter, "I used to think she'd glow in the night," to whom is he referring?

4. What river is referred to at the beginning of the book?

5. What did William bring to eat for his trip into the swamp?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the still that William eventually finds.

5. 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"?

6. Describe Abigail, William's daughter, as a child.

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

8. Describe the Howland tomb and its eventual use.

9. Explain the term Freejack.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss William's relationship with the townspeople of Madison City in the Book of William.

Essay Topic 2

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

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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