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 much money does John Wesley give to Sylder?

2. Who picks up Ownby when he is spotted walking with his dog?

3. What does Ownby want to bring with him when he is arrested?

4. What kind of animal do John Wesley and Warn speculate must have mauled the mink?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Gifford focus his question about Ownby on a storekeep named Huffaker?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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