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. From where did the tomb builder come?

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

4. What is William's first step in the adventure of going into the swamp?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Howland tomb and its eventual use.

3. Describe the land that William Marshall Howland claims.

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

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

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

7. What is Abigail's reasoning for watering the geraniums so late in the season?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The time span of this novel is many years. Estimate the time period of each "book" and explain how you came to this conclusion.

Essay Topic 2

Explain why, in your opinion, that the author jumps from the beginning of William and Margaret's relationship to the fact that "She bore him five children, all told. Three of them lives, two girls and a boy." Why is more of their relationship not shown to the reader?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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