The Unquiet Earth: A Novel Test | Final 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 does Dillon do every year on the anniversary of the day he and Rachel first made love?

2. When Dillon gets to the hospital, Jackie tells him that Rachel is dying because ____________________.

3. Between what years does "Death by Water" take place?

4. Dillon tells Jackie about a job opening for a/an __________________ back home.

5. Why does the person in #151 advise Jackie to leave the area?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the possible interpretations of Tom's telling Jackie that they are "not done" yet?

2. What is Jackie's role in the miners' strike as a member of the press?

3. Why is Dillon driven to tell Jackie that he is her father?

4. How have Jackie and Tom's feelings for each other paralleled those shared by Dillon and Rachel?

5. What comfort can Jackie take away from Tom's death?

6. What does Jackie study in college and what job does she take in Washington?

7. What miracle has Hassel seen?

8. How does Lech Walesa's broken promise to come to support the coal miners' strike symbolize a lack of support for the region?

9. Why do the family graves need to be moved after the American Coal Company obtains rights to Homeplace?

10. What impact can Dillon see that the strike will have on the way of life he has known?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"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.

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