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. Where does almost everyone in town go to see Jack's new wife?

2. What makes Jessie's job difficult for her?

3. Why do the townspeople center their anger about the theft on the bookkeeper?

4. Who takes over for Jack at the grain elevator while he is gone?

5. Why does Nora go to visit her father for awhile?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jack warn Pat about when Pat visits him in jail?

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

4. Who becomes the target of the townspeople's wrath when they cannot get any justice through Charlie Soames?

5. Why do so many people in town turn up at the diner when Jack returns to town?

6. What are some of the things Pat does to ingratiate himself with Jessie and her sons?

7. What is Jessie like, and what do the townspeople think of her?

8. What does Doyle Francis discover when he returns to manage the grain elevator in Jack's absence?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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