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. Sylder is told that _____________ wants to see him.

2. What does John Wesley say about Sylder?

3. What is Uncle Ather's real name?

4. Which is true of the orchard keeper's environment when he awakens?

5. Uncle Ather tells the boys about a time when he caught a _______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Sylder finally apprehended for bootlegging?

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

3. Describe Ownby's arrest by Officer Gifford.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

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