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 is the name of the town where Marion Sylder was born?

2. Sylder sees the orchard keeper shooting ________________ in the side of a government tank.

3. How were men killed at the Green Fly Inn?

4. What movement is in effect in America at this point in time?

5. Why was Sylder fired from his job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the orchard keeper do when he returns to his house?

2. How does John Wesley acquire his animal traps?

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

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

5. What is life like now for Kenneth Rattner's widow and son, John Wesley, since Rattner is dead?

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

7. How does the author further the theme of ignorance and obscurity?

8. What are the circumstances in which Sylder once again encounters the old man?

9. What does Mrs. Rattner tell John Wesley about his father?

10. What do Sylder and June do when they locate the young hitchhikers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

McCarthy waits until almost the end of the novel to reveal the name of the orchard keeper. Why does he wait until this point? What does it mean when the reader finally knows the true identity of the orchard keeper? What is happening in the orchard keeper's life that erases any more secrecy about the old man? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Gifford. What is his role in the story? What was the author trying to accomplish by creating Gifford's character in the novel?

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