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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. Why won't Herriot let the man with the terrier show his dog?

2. Why did Harry Sumner get Monty?

3. What delightful occurrence makes Herriot forget his discomfort while out for a moment in chapter one?

4. How does Siegfried treat Mrs. Dalby when she comes to Skeldale house?

5. What was especially difficult about Herriot's purchase at the auction house?

Short Essay Questions

1. How good is Herriot at buying furniture at house sales for the apartment? Explain your answer.

2. Describe the process Herriot goes through to diagnose the second batch of cows at the Darby farm.

3. At the end of chapter thirteen, Herriot gives us a glimpse what the Darby household is like twenty years later. How are the Darbys doing twenty years later?

4. Describe what happens with the dog and Rob Benson's sheep. What does the farmer believe has happened? What does Herriot find out when he is called out?

5. Why did Cliff Tyreman have such fondness for Badger?

6. Describe Mr. Ingledew's singing.

7. How did the shift from plow horses to tractors affect the veterinary education and practice?

8. Explain what happened when Herriot tried to draw blood from the fully mature Monty.

9. In chapter one, Herriot greatly appreciates a benefit of his wife and married life. What is it?

10. What is the Darrowby show that Herriot goes to officiate at?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter three, many of the events are caused by an unknown Alsatian dog that was in the area with its owners. Apparently the dog chased the sheep. Even though the no harm was apparent immediately, it still resulted in much stress and financial loss for the farmer. Write an essay about the responsibility of dog owners, as well as appropriate behavior regarding the livestock or crops of farmers and ranchers.

Part 1. Explain your own situation. Do you live in a rural area or an urban one? Do you come into contact with commercial crops or livestock? If so, what traditions are in place regarding them?

Part 2. Retell the story of the dog and Benson's sheep. What possibilities were open to the people to have avoided this? What should they have done after it happened?

Part 3. In many areas, the crops or animals are accessible from roads. How should the passerby treat these? Are vineyards okay to walk through? Are apple orchards okay to picnic in? Ride dirt bikes in? Cows okay to pet? Feed? Using the example of Benson's sheep, the people saw no harm done at the time. Even if they were concerned about the damage their dog could have caused, the damage was unnoticeable at the time. How should this possibility affect the passerby's treatment of the commercial crops or livestock?

Essay Topic 2

Tristan plays a prank on the town by taking a local legend and recreating a character from it as a ghost. Investigate your own area's past to find interesting local legends.

Part 1. Summarize the legend that existed near his town and what Tristan did as a joke.

Part 2. Research your area and find either local history or legend to find events of a similar nature.

Part 3. What did you discover about the past of your area that you did not previously know? What kind of people lived there? Are there characters from the past that would lend themselves to a prank such as Tristans? How aware of the past are the people in your community?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about euthanasia.

Part 1. What is euthanasia? What are the different kinds of euthanasia?

Part 2.What criteria might you use in deciding when to euthanize a pet?

Part 3. What are the primary issues in the debate surrounding the morality of euthanasia in people?

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