The Orchard Keeper Test | Final 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. In what branch of the armed forces did Sylder serve?

2. How much does Warn say the mink is probably worth now that it is mangled?

3. What do the two men do with Ownby after they pick him up?

4. Who arrives at the jail to provide some assistance to Ownby?

5. Why do Gifford and some other policemen arrive at Ownby's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does McCarthy wait until this point in the story to reveal the orchard keeper's name?

2. What emotions does the orchard keeper have when he finds the peach pit smoldering?

3. How is the dead cat symbolic of Kenneth Rattner?

4. How does Gifford put pressure on John Wesley to give up information about Sylder?

5. How does Arthur stand firm in an attempt to evade the police and find an even more isolated location?

6. Why does Sylder stop at Officer Gifford's house on the way home from a whiskey run?

7. What happens to the Rattners by the end of the story?

8. Describe the conversation in which Ownby gives John Wesley advice about his life.

9. Describe Ownby's encounter with a welfare department agent in the jail.

10. What does the orchard keeper do on a snowy morning involving the peach pit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one theme in the novel. Identify at least two themes in the story and then cite an example to support each theme.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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