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 offense was John Wesley told he had committed?

2. What is Sylder's destination as he drives tonight?

3. What does John Wesley find in his trap the next day?

4. How much does Warn say the mink is probably worth now that it is mangled?

5. Why do Gifford and some other policemen arrive at Ownby's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Sylder recall losing part of his toe in the war?

8. What are John Wesley and Warn's speculation on what had happened to the mink?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Kenneth Rattner. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him at this point?

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

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.

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