All Creatures Great and Small Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In this same chapter, Herriot also operates on a horse that has what problem?

2. What is wrong with the cow the vets visit in chapter 3?

3. What does Herriot find is wrong with the dog when he arrives?

4. In chapter 24, there is another problem between what two characters?

5. In chapter 37, Herriot does surgery on a dog that has what problem?

Short Essay Questions

1. What unexpected fact about Dr Grier and one of his clients, named Mrs Mallard, does Herriot uncover?

2. What trait do you think is revealed about Dr. Farnon in chapter 27. Briefly explain your answer.

3. What unpleasant task does Herriot deal with in chapter 25?

4. How would you describe Herriot?

5. Briefly explain what a knacker does.

6. Briefly explain the compelling episode with the farmer named Watson.

7. Explain briefly how chapters 14 and 15 continue to show us Tristan's lack of responsibility?

8. The book shares a lot of difficult stories about caring for animals in distress. Chapter 9 focuses on another aspect of this veterinary practice, what is this chapter's focus?

9. Why do you think the episode with the Coopers is important?

10. What community disaster involving Tristan happens in chapter 16?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dr. Farnon has real difficulty collecting money from his clients. Summarize examples from the book which highlight this problem. Why do you think he continued to treat animals for individuals who did not pay? What could he have done differently that would have helped solve this problem?

Essay Topic 2

In one chapter, Herriot has to put down an older lady's dog. Herriot calms her fears by talking with her about the afterlife of animals. What does he tell her that gives her some comfort? Do you agree with his statements? Whether or not you believe animals have souls, do you think it is right for humans to end the lives of animals? Is it never appropriate? Always appropriate? Or does it depend upon the circumstances?

Essay Topic 3

The book contains several examples of anecdotes that shows that laughter and comedy as a part of Herriot's life. Site several of these anecdotes and explain why laughing would be an important element of a veterinarian's life.

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