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 does Sylder secretly think after John Wesley leaves?

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

3. Huffaker tells Gifford that Ownby comes to the store __________________.

4. Why does Gifford want to see Sylder?

5. Ownby tells John Wesley that there are some things that a person just has to do, because unless he does them he will have no _____________.

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 Gifford focus his question about Ownby on a storekeep named Huffaker?

3. How does John Wesley manage to get into the mental asylum to visit Ownby?

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

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

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

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

8. How is Sylder finally apprehended for bootlegging?

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

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

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 resistance to government intervention. Identify at least two examples about resistance to government intervention in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of resistance to government intervention.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by calling the book THE ORCHARD KEEPER? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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