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. What does Sylder do every Saturday?

2. How much did John Wesley earn for the dead chickenhawk?

3. Which of the following does John Wesley's mother tell him about his father?

4. Why had Sylder once blasted his wall with a shotgun?

5. What does Kenneth do at the gas station?

Short Essay Questions

1. What other possible explanation could there be for Sylder's driving fast to elude the police?

2. How does McCarthy set up the book's major irony in this chapter?

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

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

5. What emotions does the orchard keeper have when he finds the peach pit smoldering?

6. What does the man in Sylder's car want and what does Sylder end up doing?

7. What are John Wesley and Warn's speculation on what had happened to the mink?

8. How is the dead cat symbolic of Kenneth Rattner?

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

10. Who is Arthur Ownby and what is he doing as this chapter begins?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain McCarthy's use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of the orchard keeper What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him at this point?

Essay Topic 3

McCarthy is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony. Briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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