All the Pretty Horses 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. What does Rawlins throw up in the air for the kid to shoot?

2. Who is in the photograph on John's grandfather's desk?

3. What is the gift his father gives John?

4. What is the name of the man who travels to America to pick up Don Hector's new thoroughbred?

5. Who is it that stops John and asks if they can be friends just before he leaves San Angelo?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Blevins say he cannot be outside during the thunderstorm?

2. Describe the girl John Grady and Rawlins see as they join up with the cattle herd.

3. What does Rawlins say about a "good looking horse?"

4. What prediction does Rawlins make regarding their situation and the complication of John Grady being interested in Alejandra?

5. On what two things is it said John Grady and Don Hector totally agree?

6. What is the argument John Grady and Rawlins have when they first encounter the kid?

7. What is the dream John Grady had in prison about Jimmy Blevins, and how does that compare to the dream he has on the afternoon of his return to the ranch?

8. It is noted that John's grandfather has the distinction of being the first to die in a particular way. What was that way?

9. What does John Grady say when Rawlins tells him that his father has passed away?

10. What does Rawlins say about Alejandra's likely taste in guys to date?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the argument John Grady and Rawlins have after they are arrested? How does this impact the two of them and their relationship?

Essay Topic 2

What is it that drives John Grady to set out to break the sixteen wild horses on Don Hector's ranch? Does he prove what he set out to do? Is this a natural part of John Grady's makeup?

Essay Topic 3

Though John Grady seems the obvious leader, there are some instances in which Rawlins makes demands or takes the lead. List at least two, including their significance.

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