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 Kenneth's ultimate decision?

2. Sylder has an irrational fear of what type of animal?

3. What is Sylder doing as he drives away from the crash?

4. In what year was Marion Sylder born?

5. What does John Wesley take with him to check his traps?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does John Wesley acquire his animal traps?

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

3. Where does Sylder dispose of the body and whose presence is he unaware of?

4. What happens to Sylder after the flat tire is fixed?

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

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

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

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

9. Where does Kenneth get a ride to and what is his ultimate destination?

10. How does John Wesley happen to meet Sylder?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

McCarthy uses more than one instance of irony in the story. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the story and note why they are examples of irony. What is the major irony in the story? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

THE ORCHARD KEEPER is written in the Southern Gothic style. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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