All Things Bright and Beautiful Test | Final 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 takes an inordinate amount of time with Miss Dunn's pig?

2. Why didn't Herriot refuse the refills of whiskey and food?

3. Which of the following best characterizes Walt Barnett?

4. Who is Sam?

5. What does Herriot tell Mrs. Chapman as he leaves her house the night of the Daffodil Ball?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Roland Partridge decide to postpone as long as possible the surgery that Herriot recommends fro his little dog Percy? What possible affect did this delay have?

2. Why is Miss Dooley distressed about her little dog Cindy? What is the root of the problem?

3. Why is Herriot suddenly worried about money in chapter 41?

4. When Herriot is on a schedule and must return to the clinic, what is Herriot doing at Ted Buckle's, and what happens that makes him sure he'll be late?

5. Explain the relationship between Marmaduke "Duke" Skelton and Ewan Ross.

6. Describe the Dimmock family.

7. Explain why Herriot thought it might be a good idea to sedate Penny to cure her gastroenteritis, and where he got that idea.

8. In what way is Herriot's work personality different from Ewan Ross's?

9. What call do Herriot and Helen go on when they leave the Daffodil Ball? What happens there?

10. Explain what upset Herriot when he goes to trim Mrs. Tompkin's budgie's beak. What does he do about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In many of the stories in "All Things Bright and Beautiful," there is a major challenge handling the animal enough to treat it medically. For example in chapter eighteen Herriot nearly gets severely injured by the bull Monty.

Part 1. What is the responsibility of the person who has decided to make veterinary practice their livelihood to be able to handle dangerous animals?

Part 2. What is the responsibility of the owner of the animal to make sure the veterinarian can safely and easily treat their animal?

Part 3. Is the care of livestock and farm animals it different than for household pets? Why or why not?

Part 4. If an accident were to occur resulting in injury, who is responsible?

Part 5. What other service people put their lives or well being at risk to do their jobs if someone else is ill-prepared? Should they have to?

Essay Topic 2

In All Things Bright and Beautiful we hear about the draft horse being replaced by a tractor and see a vision of agricultural business as it was in the early 1900s. Farming has changed significantly in more ways than just the tractor since then.

Part 1. What are some of the major changes that agriculture has undergone over the last century?

Part 2. What are the effects of these changes? Include a discussion of social and economic effects as well as the effects on the land and the goods produced.

Part 3. Has there been a change in the trends in agriculture over the last decade? What are they and what direction are they headed?

Essay Topic 3

The series of books by James Herriot are titled after and Anglican hymn called "All Things Bright and Beautiful."

Part 1. Provide a brief biography of Cecil Frances Alexander and her religious works.

Part 2. Discuss verse 3 and why it is not currently included in the hymn. What social structure did Cecil Frances Alexander belong to that would inspire such a verse?

Part 3. What are the possible sources of inspiration for the hymn? What do you think is likely?

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