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 type of animal devours the wildcat?

2. How many police officers is Ownby accused of shooting?

3. Where does the orchard keeper drag some trees?

4. What kind of animal do the boys hope to trap for its value?

5. To whose shop do the boys take the captured skunk?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Gifford put pressure on John Wesley to give up information about Sylder?

8. What emotions does the orchard keeper have when he finds the peach pit smoldering?

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

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

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 greed. Identify at least two examples about greed in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of greed.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Describe Gifford. What is his role in the story? What was the author trying to accomplish by creating Gifford's character in the novel?

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