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 the old man pass by on his way home from the orchard?

2. Where do the policemen begin their investigation?

3. What had John Wesley bought from a storekeep some time ago?

4. What kind of job did Sylder have?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Sylder's toe injury probably unrelated to a war injury?

2. Why does Gifford focus his question about Ownby on a storekeep named Huffaker?

3. In addition to his traps, what does Warn point out to the other boys?

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

5. Does it appear that Arthur is completely anti-social?

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

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

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

9. How does John Wesley manage to get into the mental asylum to visit Ownby?

10. What is Kenneth Rattner doing as the novel begins?

Essay 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

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by calling the book THE ORCHARD KEEPER? Cite an example to support your answer.

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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