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. How did Jack behave in school?

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

3. What type of business does the person in #8 own?

4. What kind of behavior does Wanda Jo exhibit after she hears the news about Jack?

5. How does Wanda Jo feel when she hears the news about Jack?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is revealed about Jack's parentage when the author uses a flashback in Chapter 2?

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

4. How does Jack's childhood behavior mirror the environment in his home?

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

6. Who is Pat Arbuckle?

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

8. 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?

9. Describe Jack's high school years.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the point of view of the story? What are the benefits and the limitations to this particular point of view? How is the point of view determined? Provide an example that supports your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast Jack Burdette and Pat Arbuckle. As young men, both are trying to carve out new lives but seem to have different methods and goals. How are Jack and Pat alike? How are they different? On what things do they agree? What is the thing that threatens to separate them? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?

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