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 John Wesley do after his mother goes to sleep?

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

3. Who picks up the whiskey on the orchard keeper's property and takes it the rest of the way on its journey?

4. Where does Sylder dispose of the dead body?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the name of the town where Marion Sylder is from and in what year was he born?

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

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

6. How does John Wesley happen to meet Sylder?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Nature takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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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