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. 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

The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

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

Does Haruf end the story on a note of hope for the characters, or will they continue to struggle with their relationships and hopes for their lives? Give your perspective and two reasons to support your answer.

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