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. Which of the following describes Ownby's demeanor while being questioned by the welfare agent?

2. Where does Ownby position himself to get off good shots at the officers?

3. What does the orchard keeper see in the snowy landscape?

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

5. What does Sylder tell John Wesley that Gifford will never do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the police attack on Ownby's house.

2. Who is Arthur Ownby and what is he doing as this chapter begins?

3. What sense of foreboding does Sylder have as he tries to fall asleep?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 greed. Identify at least two examples about greed in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of greed.

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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