The Unquiet Earth: A Novel Test | Mid-Book 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. Jackie thinks the young man in #77 looks like ____________________.

2. Who is Arthur Lee Sizemore?

3. Who had lived in Rachel and Jackie's house before them?

4. Rachel's boyfriend's family is from which Southern city?

5. What does Rachel want to become?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Dillon feel compelled to lead the strike in spite of the trouble between him and Rachel?

2. How does Dillon's prison sentence negatively impact his relationship with Rachel?

3. Who does Rachel marry after Fred abandons her?

4. What makes Rachel ultimately surrender to her love for Dillon?

5. What reasons do Dillon and Fiona have for not wanting Rachel to go away to nursing school?

6. How is Jackie like her mother in that she falls in love with a man she cannot have?

7. What does Jackie know about what Arthur Lee does to harm the people in the Number Thirteen community?

8. In contrast to how Tony treats Jackie, how does Dillon treat her when she stays with him?

9. After the war, why does Rachel fight her attraction to Dillon even though he is even more good-looking now?

10. How does Dillon mirror his father's life regarding standing up for the coal miners?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Unquiet Earth" is a classic story of the struggle to rise above circumstances. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Project into the future ten years after the end of the novel and write a brief synopsis for Jackie's life. Who will be present in her life? Where will she be living? What work will she be doing? What will her thoughts about the world be at this time? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the book's title? What are some other possible titles for the book? List at least five and cite your reasons for each.

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