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

2. What animals is the wildcat prowling for at the beginning of this section?

3. What dead animal does the large cat find?

4. How much money does John Wesley leave for the chickenhawk even though he could not get the corpse?

5. Why is Ownby going to be arrested?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Marion Sylder. 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 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 3

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.

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