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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 many people are in Eldon's family?

2. What is the name of the family's dog?

3. What is on the cover of the Zane Grey western Eldon and Wayne find?

4. What kind of drink does Mother bring for the picnic at the lake?

5. Where was Father sitting when Eldon sees Mother rubbing Father's shoulders?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the roles and the attitudes of Uncle David and Nels about the killing?

2. Why is the lake called Jenny's Lake and what does Eldon say about it?

3. Compare Uncle David's side of the room with Nels' side.

4. What does Eldon say about his dislike of fall?

5. Describe the time when Wayne and Eldon carved their names into a tree. How did Eldon feel and what happened to the tree?

6. What does Eldon say in response to Wayne's idea that spring is an "awakening," and why does he have this attitude?

7. Describe the room next to the kitchen in the family home.

8. Describe Eldon's childhood illness and the effect it has had on his life.

9. What are some of the "lights" Eldon describes in the opening chapter?

10. What are some of the sounds Elden describes in the opening chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the story Uncle David tells about Orud and Melena? What kind of story is this and why? Are there any believable aspects of the story? What are they?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Eldon. What is his role in the story? What kind of boy is he?

Essay Topic 3

Describe some of the work Eldon and the others do on the farm. Which of the jobs sounds most difficult? Which sounds most interesting? Why?

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