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

2. How does Jack handle the unpleasant things in his life?

3. From where was Jack's father returning when he was killed?

4. Jack left on his trip on a Thursday and was supposed to return on _________________.

5. Who is the narrator of the story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How was Jack's father killed?

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. Why did Jack and his friends steal a refrigerator?

8. Why did Jack move out of his mother's house after his father died?

9. What happens that gives Wanda Jo a glimmer of hope regarding a life with Jack?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"Where You Once Belonged" is a classic story of betrayal. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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

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