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 happens to Sylder's car on the way to Maryville?

2. Where did Garland Hobie hid whiskey as a boolegger?

3. What does Sylder do after the man and his son leave?

4. What does the orchard keeper do after he discharges his shotgun shells?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does John Wesley happen to meet Sylder?

3. Why is the old man afraid of cats and what extreme measures has he taken to keep them at bay?

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

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

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

7. Who are Gifford and Legwater and what do they find at the scene of the car crash?

8. What does the old man recall about the day he discovered the corpse buried in the peach pit?

9. What do the voices in the woods tell John Wesley to do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two examples about loss in the book and then explain why the examples support the theme.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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