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 is Sylder's destination as he drives tonight?

2. To whose house do the boys go to talk about the skunk?

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

4. What does the orchard keeper see in the snowy landscape?

5. Where does the orchard keeper drag some trees?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Ownby's arrest by Officer Gifford.

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

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

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

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

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

10. What sense of foreboding does Sylder have as he tries to fall asleep?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does McCarthy use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of John Wesley, Ownby and Sylder. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, and socialization.

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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