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. To whom do the townspeople direct their anger when Charlie Soames is no longer a viable target?

2. What is the name of Jessie and Jack's second son?

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

4. Where do Pat and Jessie decide to take the boys to avoid seeing Jack?

5. Why do so many people congregate upon Jack's return?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jack do that shows why he came back to Holt, and what do his actions do to Pat?

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

4. What purchases does Jack make prior to leaving town for good?

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

6. What is the only thing Jessie can think to do in order to repay the townspeople for Jack's crime?

7. Who are Jessie and Jack's children?

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

9. After Jack has been gone for awhile, what shocking and public action does Jessie take?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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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