Tinkers Test | Final Test - Hard

Paul Harding
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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 religion is Megan's mother said to be in Chapter 4?

2. The narrator says in the opening of Chapter 4, "During the days, George was aware of a large group of people murmuring and flowing in and out of the room as if on tides." What literary device is used in this sentence?

3. Where does Megan go to tend to her ill mother in 1953?

4. When Howard goes into the woods to look for his father in Chapter 3, what pond does he pass?

5. Of his father and of the old Indian that repaired the canoe, Howard says in Chapter 3, "My memories of them are" what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Howard Crosby marry in Philadelphia? How is this character described?

2. How would you describe George's relationship with his family as he passes from life in Tinkers?

3. How does Howard's medical condition change after he moves away and begins living under an alias?

4. What regret does Howard display regarding his father in the beginning of Chapter 3?

5. What is the last thing that George remembers before he dies in Chapter 4?

6. Where does Howard go to search for his father after Reverend Crosby's disappearance in Chapter 3?

7. What characters are introduced during Howard's journey to search for his father in Chapter 3, Part 2?

8. What is the principle motif used throughout Tinkers? What does this motif represent?

9. Whom does George ask for when he awakens in Chapter 4, Part 1? Who is sitting with George?

10. What is epilepsy? How was this disorder treated in the 1920s/1930s?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author’s style of dialogue in the novel. Why do you think that Paul Harding chooses not to use quotation marks when the characters speak to one another? How does this choice affect you as a reader? How is the choice reflective of the themes in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the unseen character of Tom Budden and the story about Budden’s house in Chapter 2. Why does the author include this story in Tinkers? What does the door to Tom Budden’s house represent symbolically in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the character of Howard Aaron Crosby in Tinkers. How is Howard perceived by his wife and children? How does the narrator describe Howard’s seizures? In what ways is Howard similar to George? How is he different?

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