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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. Why do Hassel and Tom go to the Governor's Office in Charleston?
2. In what subject does Jackie earn a degree?
3. Who supervises the moving of the family graves in order to save them before they are dug up?
4. Rachel is taken by helicopter to a cardiac unit of a hospital in which city?
5. Jackie's last words to Tom are similar to _____________________.
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Lech Walesa's broken promise to come to support the coal miners' strike symbolize a lack of support for the region?
2. What are Dillon's emotional reasons for telling Jackie that he is her father?
3. What miracle has Hassel seen?
4. What threat does the dam pose and how do Dillon and Arthur Lee differ in how to manage the problem?
5. Where does Jackie encounter Tom again and what are the circumstances that have them spending more time together?
6. How does Tom's behavior show that he is still conflicted about being a priest in spite of the bishop's absolution?
7. What are the possible interpretations of Tom's telling Jackie that they are "not done" yet?
8. What does Tom advise Jackie to do when he unexpectedly show up in town?
9. How has Rachel's illness impacted her life?
10. What comfort can Jackie take away from Tom's death?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the conflict between the people who lived in the coal mining region of West Virginia and those involved in the government programs designed to provide aid.
Essay Topic 2
There is much symbolism in this story, especially the mines. Cite at least three examples of symbolism and support your answers.
Essay Topic 3
Poverty seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of poverty? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.
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