The Memory of Old Jack 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 are the names of Hannah Coulter's children?

2. What is the name of the man who was renting the land adjacent Jack's farm?

3. Why is Jack fond of Hannah?

4. What is a horse breaker?

5. As Jack walks along after leaving the store, he recalls being a man of what age?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Jack's family's participation in the Civil War, and how did they feel about the issues surrounding it?

2. What part of Jack's memory at the beginning of the novel involves Mat?

3. What is a horse breaker and what is Jack's experience with it?

4. How does Ruth feel about Jack?

5. As the book opens, what does Jack remember about mules as he stands on the porch listening to Mat call the cows?

6. What is Jack's relationship with Nancy?

7. How did Jack end up getting to know the person he noticed during church, and what was their future relationship?

8. What happened to Jack's horses and wagon during the storm that occured while he was in town trying to buy flour?

9. How would you best describe Jack's marriage?

10. What happened when Jack went into the room right after Ruth gave birth to their son?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that compares Clara with Ruth, her mother, and Jack, her father. How is she similar in personality to her parents and how is she different?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay that analyzes the title of the novel, The Memory of Old Jack. After finishing the novel, the title of it seems to have more than one meaning. Explain the significance of the title and why the author would have chosen it for the novel.

Essay Topic 3

There are many times during Jack's recollections where he wishes things would have been different, and often, these events could have been dramatically changed if Jack had chosen to do something about the situation. Repeatedly, the reader sees that Jack is unwilling to do much to change those situations. Is Jack's unwillingness to actively change situations in his life just a matter of his personality, or does it have something to do with the way he was raised? Could this passive nature of Jack have to do with societal customs of the time in which he was living? Write an essay that addresses this topic.

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