The Orchard Keeper 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. Where does Sylder dispose of the dead body?

2. What is one of the major inconveniences of the Rattner house?

3. Gifford and ___________ are two local cops who investigate Sylder's crash.

4. Which of the following does John Wesley hear as he is searching for his traps?

5. What reason does Sylder give for the man being under the truck?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kenneth say he is looking for and why does this confuse the storekeep?

2. What is the whiskey running process in place in the area and what is Sylder's role in it?

3. What does Sylder do after he is fired from his job?

4. What spooks the orchard keeper when he visits the peach pit where the corpse is buried?

5. Why can the authorities not be absolutely certain that the corpse is that of Kenneth Rattner and what do they tell Rattner's widow?

6. Describe Ownby's arrest by Officer Gifford.

7. Describe the police attack on Ownby's house.

8. What information does John Wesley give to Gifford and what does Sylder say about it?

9. What is the significance of cats in the story?

10. What is the symbolism of the old man firing on the government tank on his property?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does McCarthy use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one theme in the novel. Identify at least two themes in the story and then cite an example to support each theme.

Essay Topic 3

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of John Wesley, Ownby and Sylder. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, and socialization.

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