Where You Once Belonged: A Novel Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Kent Haruf
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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. Who pays for Jack's accommodations while he is on his trip?

2. What sport did Jack discover in high school?

3. When do boys in town come to drink beer and play cards in Jack's room?

4. To what city does Jack go six months after his promotion?

5. Who was the owner of the town's newspaper?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Doyle Francis discover when he returns to manage the grain elevator in Jack's absence?

2. Why do so many people in town turn up at the diner when Jack returns to town?

3. What did Jack's room at the boarding house become for his friends?

4. Who first notices Jack when he returns to Holt?

5. What is the purpose of Jack's trip to Tulsa?

6. What does Jack do that shows why he came back to Holt, and what do his actions do to Pat?

7. How does Jessie find out that Jack has returned to town?

8. How does Jack meet Jessie and what is her role in his life?

9. Where do Jack and Pat go to college and how do they like the college experience?

10. How does Charlie try to commit suicide?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Project into the future ten years after the end of the novel and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Jack, Jessie, their sons , Wanda Jo and Pat Arbuckle. Be sure to include work, socialization, marital status, hobbies, etc.

Essay Topic 2

Haruf is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 3

Do a brief character sketch of Jack Burdette including positive and negative characteristics. What are his physical characteristics? What are his hopes and dreams? What is important to him at this point in time?

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