The Keepers of the House Test | Final 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 the flowered cloth that Margaret is sewing from?

2. What do the road crews discover when they blast through McCarren Hill?

3. Where is Margaret when she first sees the spirit of her great-grandmother?

4. Two African American children, six and seven years old, arrived at the Howland kitchen door on Sunday afternoon. What did everyone call these children?

5. When does Abigail tell her grandfather that she's getting married?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the story of the hoop snake?

2. What are Margaret's earliest memories?

3. What does Margaret's first bedroom at the Howland home look like?

4. Describe the Howland kitchen.

5. Without medical help, one of the children could died from pneumonia. What do the Howlands do?

6. What does Abigail remember about the first part of her life?

7. What does Margaret take with her when she moves from New Church to the Howland estate?

8. Explain why the townspeople are angry at the grandfather for not bringing his daughter's body home for burial from Santa Fe?

9. Why does it take so long for John to contact Abigail and ask her out for a second date. Describe their dates.

10. Describe the house that Margaret grows up in.

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

Discuss Abigail's relationship with her husband from her perspective. Be certain to discuss how her opinion of him changes.

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