The Rifle Test | Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the novel, what was the leading cause of death to voyagers along the Oregon Trail?

2. How quickly does Richard Allen Mesinger die after being shot?

3. Who is Richard Allen Mesington's best friend?

4. What does Richard Allen Mesington call the first heavy equipment he sees moving earth?

5. Who lives next door to the Richard Allen Mesington family in Missouri?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the processes that Cornish McManus used to manufacture the rifle.

Essay Topic 2

Of the major characters in the novel (Cornish McManus, John Byam, Tim Harrow, Harv Kline, and Richard Allen Mesinger), are any of them heroic? If not, why not. If so, who is heroic and why do you consider them heroic?

Essay Topic 3

Why does the novel "need" to have the accidental discharge come from an old muzzle-loading, black powder rifle? Wouldn't the novel work just as well with an AK-47 hanging above Kline's mantel? Why or why not?

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