Where You Once Belonged: A Novel Test | 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. To what job is Jack promoted?

2. What does the sheriff do when he confronts Jack?

3. What does the person in #8 do after confronting the man in the parked vehicle?

4. What does Pat especially enjoy during his early days at college?

5. What is the name of the town where the story takes place?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does the sheriff's treatment of Jack indicate what most of the townspeople feel about him?

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

4. What negative behavior characteristics does Jack show through his actions?

5. How could Jack be characterized as a kid and what were the circumstances of his school years?

6. What does Jack's marriage to Jessie indicate to Wanda Jo?

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

8. How does the sheriff treat Jack when he finds him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses several instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an instance of foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

Survival seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of survival? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

Essay Topic 3

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

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