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 is the reason for the support of some of the people regarding Andy's plans?

2. When his memory at the beginning of the book is over, where does Jack go?

3. What does Ruth tell Jack after their daughter is born?

4. What was Ruth's character like?

5. How old is Mat Felter as he watches Jack staring wistfully on his porch?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Jack is brought out of his memories and into the present?

3. After the dinner at the Feltner's house, what is the memory that Jack has about?

4. What is the summary of Mat Feltner's conversation with with his wife about Jack coming to live with them?

5. What was Jack's relationship with Ben Feltner?

6. What memory does Jack have about a day in church when he noticed someone new?

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

8. Why did Jack confront McGrother?

9. What was the relationship like between Jack and Will Wells?

10. What was Jack like when he was younger?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most of the novel shows that Jack is fraught with regret about things in this life. As he reflects on his life, it is apparent that he is not particularly happy with it, though perhaps he is content. The climax of the novel involves Jack's death. This combination does not necessarily make for a cheerful uplifting, novel. Write an essay that addresses the entire mood of the novel. Was the mood intended to be depressing? Did you find the mood inspiring? How effective was the mood in proving the author's point?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay that explains how foreshadowing is used in the novel. When is foreshadowing used? Is foreshadowing used for a sole purpose, or for several different purposes in the novel? Did you notice foreshadowing as you were reading the novel the first time, or did you remember the elements of foreshadowing after you finished the novel? Be sure to give specific examples to support your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay that analyzes Jack, the protagonist in the novel. First, summarize the basic facts about his life. Second, summarize the primary relationships he had in his life. Third, explain his moral flaws and his moral virtues.

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