Where You Once Belonged: A Novel Test | Final 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 items does Jack buy on credit at Schulte's store?

2. What is Jack's main concern when talking to Pat?

3. When does Nora return home after visiting her father?

4. How often is Jessie seen in public with Jack?

5. What is the purpose of Jessie's visit to the Hold Mercury office in January of 1977?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the townspeople feel cheated of justice, and who do they turn their wrath toward when they cannot take legal action against Charlie Soames?

2. Why are the people in Holt so angry at Charlie Soames?

3. Why is the sheriff unable to keep Jack locked up?

4. What is revealed about Jack that infuriates the people in Holt?

5. Why does Jack's crime make the people of Holt dislike Jessie even more?

6. How does Jessie find out that Jack has returned to town?

7. What job does Jessie take even though she is in the late stages of pregnancy?

8. Why are Pat and Jessie perfect candidates for a romantic relationship with each other?

9. Does Jack show any remorse when visited by the head of the grain elevator board?

10. How does Jessie interact with the people in town?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of women in the mid- to late-20th century when the women in the novel are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms do they have that women in prior times did not have?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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