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. Who does Sylder punch in the face while the man is sleeping?

2. What rouses the large cat in Ownby's outhouse?

3. What extreme weather is Ownby navigating at the beginning of this section?

4. With what other offense could John Wesley be charged?

5. What is Uncle Ather's job?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What information does John Wesley give to Gifford and what does Sylder say about it?

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

5. How does Sylder recall losing part of his toe in the war?

6. Describe Sylder's booking in the police department.

7. Who are the boys that John Wesley meets and what do they do?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Create a brief character study of John Wesley. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him at this point?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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