The Son Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Philipp Meyer
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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 is the name of Jeanne McCullough’s eldest brother?

2. How is Eli McCullough related to Jeanne McCullough?

3. What is the name of Eli’s older brother?

4. What people does Toshaway say were leading the white men that attacked his tribe in Chapter Twenty-two?

5. What is the name of the Indian that owns Martin after the raid in Chapter Four?

Short Essay Questions

1. What items are taken when Eli’s family’s home is ambushed by the Indians in Chapter Four? Why are they taken?

2. How do Eli and Martin differ in their response to the circumstances once they are captives in Chapter Four?

3. What is related about Eli McCullough’s early life in Chapter One? Why do you think this information is important?

4. How would you describe the narrative style of the first three chapters of the novel?

5. What information does Phineas present to Jeanne when she visits him in Austin in Chapter Twenty?

6. What are Jeanne’s perceptions of her classmates at the girl’s boarding school in Chapter Seventeen?

7. What action does the Colonel take after Peter’s son has been shot in Chapter Six?

8. How are the living conditions of the Indians described in Chapter Nineteen?

9. How is the theme of gender bias illustrated in Chapters Nine through Thirteen?

10. How are the circumstances of Eli’s Indian tribe described in 1851 in Chapter Twenty-two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the setting that is established in Chapter One of The Son. Where and when was Eli McCullough born? How does he describe the world that he grew up in? What are some examples of imagery from the chapter that help to develop a tone surrounding this setting? What influence does this setting have on Eli’s character?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the characters of Corkie and Jonas in the novel. Where does Jeanne meet Corkie? What are her impressions of this character? How are Jeanne and Jonas similar? How do these characters differ?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Eli’s encounter with the buffalo hunter that is taken captive by the Indians, and Eli’s actions, objectives, and obstacles in helping the man. What dangers does Eli face by killing the buffalo hunter? How does Eli go about poisoning the man? Why does Eli poison him?

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