The Son Test | Final 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 arrives in the mail on the same day that Peter sends his sons to war in Chapter Twenty-four?

2. Where is Jonas living in Chapter Twenty-six?

3. Who does Jeanne say came up with the idea of the Honey Hunt in Chapter Fifty-three?

4. How much money does Peter learn that his family gave to Maria to leave in Chapter Fifty-one?

5. When does Eli McCullough describe a dozen Spanish cattle landing in the New World in Chapter Fifty-nine?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the character of Ulises Garcia introduced in Chapter Fifty-seven? What is Ulises’s objective?

2. How does the relationship between Eli and Ellen develop in Chapters Thirty-three through Thirty-seven?

3. How does the relationship between Hank and Jeanne develop in Chapter Thirty-two?

4. What leads up to Eli’s arrest in Chapter Thirty-seven? Who turns Eli in?

5. How does the author illustrate Jeanne’s political connections in Chapter Thirty-five?

6. Why do Eli’s troops raid the Federal soldiers in Chapter Fifty-two? What happens during the raid?

7. How does Eli help the captive buffalo hunter in Chapter Twenty-five?

8. Discuss Jeanne’s relationship with motherhood, as seen in Chapter Thirty-eight. Does Jeanne enjoy being a mother?

9. What are Jeanne’s perceptions of the “Honey Hunt” she attends in Chapter Fifty-three?

10. Why do you think the Colonel wants Maria out of his home in Chapter Thirty-three?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Peter McCullough’s account of the conflicts between the McCullough and Garcia families. How does Peter’s account of the events differ from his father’s? Who do you think is relating the truth of the matter? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the character of Toshaway in the novel. How old is Toshaway when his character is introduced? What is Toshaway’s position within his tribe? How large is Toshaway’s band of Comanche? How would you describe Toshaway’s relationship with Eli McCullough?

Essay Topic 3

Explore and discuss the themes of “alienation” and “morality” in the novel. In what ways do each of the three narrator/protagonists face alienation in the course of the story? What moral decisions are made by these characters, and upon what is their morality based?

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