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. What does Rachel want to become?

2. Why are Rachel and Tommie teased in their jobs?

3. Why does Jackie swear she will hate Tony forever?

4. What is Rachel's last name?

5. What is Dillon's last name?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does little Jackie recall about Dillon's visits to see her mother?

3. How do Carrie and Fiona differ in their opinions about a romantic relationship between Dillon and Rachel?

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

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

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

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

8. Who does Rachel marry after Fred abandons her?

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

10. What is Fiona's interest in the Kentucky Derby?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a character study of Jackie. What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Jackie?

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

Compare and contrast Dillon and Tony. Both young men are trying to have a life with Rachel but seem to have different methods and goals. How are Dillon and Tony alike? How are they different? On what things do they agree? What is the thing that threatens to separate them? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?

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