The Unquiet Earth: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Denise Giardina
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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 river that runs through the region where the story takes place?

2. With what is Jackie afflicted at the age of eight?

3. What is deducted from the coalminers' pay each week?

4. Who does Rachel begin to date after her relationship with Fred ends?

5. Where do Dillon and Rachel make love for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Rachel marry after Fred abandons her?

2. What secret does Rachel keep from Dillon that plays a large part in her decision to live with Arthur Lee?

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

4. Why does Rachel stay in her unhappy marriage with Tony?

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

6. Who is Rachel Honaker and what are her feelings for Dillon?

7. How do Dillon's disappointments by people he idolizes impact his behavior?

8. What is Appalachia and what does Rachel surprisingly udiscover about it?

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

10. What possibilities does Arthur Lee consider doing when Rachel tells him that she loves Dillon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Giardina end the story on a note of hope for Jackie or the continuance of her struggle to come to terms with flawed relationships and evolving trends and ways of life? Give your perspective and two reasons to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

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