The Rifle 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. According to the novel, how much time elapses between the spark setting off the "sweet" rifle and Richard Allen Mesinger's death?

2. With which relative is Richard Allen Mesington particularly close?

3. When Richard Allen Mesington is seven years old his family moves to what state?

4. Why doesn't Richard Allen Mesington tell Peggy that he loves her?

5. What constituted the "door" to the powder magazine in Revolutionary War ships?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Mesinger family moves several times during the novel; what impact does this have on Richard Allen Mesinger?

2. Was the "sweet" rifle fundamentally different from other rifles of the period?

3. What happens to the adults that survive the accidental death of Richard Allen Mesinger?

4. Sarah steals the rifle from John Byam as he dies; does Tilson steal the rifle from Harv Kline?

5. What happens when the rifle accidentally discharges above Harv Kline's fireplace?

6. Describe the early life of Richard Allen Mesinger .

7. Describe Richard Allen Mesinger's early teenage life.

8. How many people own the "sweet" rifle?

9. Why does the novel spend so much time characterizing Richard Allen Mesinger?

10. Imagine that you came into possession of the "sweet" rifle instead of Tilson. What would you do with the rifle if you did not know its history? What would you do with the rifle if you did know its history?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the early life and the family life of Richard Allen Mesinger. Why is it important within the narrative that Mesinger is a likable and typical teenager?

Essay Topic 3

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

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