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. What does John Wesley try to recover from the courthouse?

2. How could the charges against John Wesley be dropped?

3. Where does John Wesley go to visit Sylder?

4. Where does the large cat go after it lunges at Mrs. Rattner?

5. Which of the following boys does John Wesley encounter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are John Wesley and Warn's speculation on what had happened to the mink?

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

4. Does it appear that Arthur is completely anti-social?

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

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

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

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

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 resistance to government intervention. Identify at least two examples about resistance to government intervention in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of resistance to government intervention.

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

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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