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

Kent Haruf
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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 is the reason for Jack's trip to the city in #84?

2. Who was the girl who agreed to do all of Jack's homework?

3. What punishment does Jack receive for stealing the item in #65?

4. The person in #2 parks the vehicle in front of what establishment?

5. What did the girl in #28 get in return for doing Jack's homework?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jack Burdette doing at the beginning of the story?

2. Who is the author of "Where You Once Belonged" and what is known about him?

3. What information does the author reveal about Jack Burdette at the beginning of the novel?

4. What does Wanda Jo do when she learns that Jack got married?

5. What role does Wanda Jo play in Jack's life after his stint in the army, and what does Wanda Jo hope for regarding Jack?

6. What did Jack excel at during high school that made him a local hero?

7. What does Jack's moving out of his mother's house indicate about his personality?

8. Who is Nora Kramer and what are her personality traits?

9. Compare and contrast Pat and Jack's perspectives on the college experience.

10. Who is Pat Arbuckle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Betrayal is an important theme in "Where You Once Belonged". Can you cite an example to support this theme? Name two other themes and cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Describe grain elevator. What is its role in the community? Is it typical of businesses in small towns in rural America?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one instance of irony in the book. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the book and note why they are examples of irony.

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