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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 was wrong with the second batch of cows on the Darby farm?

2. What condition are the second group of young cows in that Herriot goes to see at the Dalby farm?

3. What do vets do for husk today?

4. What happens to the ewes that causes one to lose her babies?

5. What happened to Badger?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What was the experience of the stomach operation on Monty like for Herriot? Why?

5. 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?

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

7. Describe what happens when Herriot treats the cow at the Darrowby show. What is wrong with the cow? What happens to Herriot while he treats it?

8. How does the day at the Darrowby show differ from the "pleasant day out" he expected it to be?

9. Explain the incident and the outcome of the tumor on the cow at Mr. Kendall's. Why did Siegfried conceal what had happened and why did the others think it was funny?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about sheep dogs and sheep dog trials.

Part 1. Explain the roles of livestock guardian dogs and herding dogs.

Part 2. What breeds have traditionally been used for each? Why are they appropriate.

Part 3. Explain the training involved in herding dogs and the competitions such as sheep dog trials that measure it.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the value of prompt treatment.

Part 1. What are the possible negative ramifications of waiting too long for an animal to be seen by a vet?

Part 2. What signs might an animal display that you might reasonably decide to wait to seek treatment?

Part 3. What symptoms might an animal display that indicates it is important to seek prompt veterinary care?

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