All Things Bright and Beautiful 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 Herriot purchase in the auction house?

2. What response does Mrs. Crump have to Mr. Crump offering Herriot some of his wine?

3. What does Mr. Pickersgill call mastitis?

4. How was Badger's death significant to Harland Grange?

5. What animals does Herriot have to judge in the family pet competition?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why each of the vets battled with their conscience after seeing Clancy.

2. Explain the solution Herriot finds for Mr. Pickersgill and his cow.

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

4. Describe Herriot's visit to the Ingledew farm in chapter one.

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

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

7. Describe Granville Bennett.

8. Describe Mr. Ingledew's singing.

9. Describe the rapport that Herriot has with Helen's father when he goes out to the Grange for Sunday tea.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is James Herriot? Write an essay about the person behind James Herriot, Alf Wright.

Part 1. Write a short synopsis of the life and work of Alf Wright.

Part 2. What was the area like that he lived in? What was the nature like? Who were his neighbors and townspeople?

Part 3. What events took place in his lifetime that greatly impacted him?

Essay Topic 2

Many things can go wrong in the reproductive cycles of livestock, especially in the time surrounding birth.

Part 1. What are some of the things that can go wrong during the birth of an animal?

Part 2. What are the signs that something is going wrong?

Part 3. What happens if left untreated and what can be done to fix the problem?

Part 4. How has the treatment for these problems changed or stayed the same since Herriot's time?

Essay Topic 3

The books by James Herriot are a window into the world of what life was like for a country veterinarian in Yorkshire in the early 1900s. How different is this from the experience of veterinarians today?

Part 1. What are some of the major things that have changed in veterinary practice since the time of "All Things Bright and Beautiful?"

Part 2. What parts of Herriot's experiences are still being experienced by veterinarians today? What has not changed?

Part 3. What do you think that the most challenging parts of being a vet is now? What was it then?

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