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. How often does Gifford return to the store to question Huffaker about Ownby?

2. What was Sylder's position in the armed forces?

3. To whose house do the boys go to talk about the skunk?

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

5. Ownby tells John Wesley that there are some things that a person just has to do, because unless he does them he will have no _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Ownby's arrest by Officer Gifford.

3. How is Sylder finally apprehended for bootlegging?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How else might the irony of Sylder and John Wesley's friendship be interpreted?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Kenneth Rattner. 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

McCarthy uses more than one instance of irony in the story. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the story and note why they are examples of irony. What is the major irony in the story? Explain.

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