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 about Sylder's appearance shocks John Wesley?

2. What is Uncle Ather's real name?

3. What does Sylder say when John Wesley offers to make Gifford pay for what he did to Sylder?

4. Where is Ownby heading when he leaves his house from the back door?

5. What dead animal does the large cat find?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why can the authorities not be absolutely certain that the corpse is that of Kenneth Rattner and what do they tell Rattner's widow?

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

5. In addition to his traps, what does Warn point out to the other boys?

6. How is Sylder finally apprehended for bootlegging?

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

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

9. Describe the activities of the wildcat as it tries to find dry quarters as well as something to eat.

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

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 some important instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

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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