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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 is the name of the housekeeper who takes care of James in the mill town where he is covering for Siegfried's friend?
2. What is the name of Mr. Dakin's old cow who returns home to her stall?
3. How long have James and Helen been married at the beginning of the book?
4. Who is the other AC2 member of the RAF who scared James while he was waiting to see the RAF dentist?
5. What does Jack Brimham's dog look like?
Short Essay Questions
1. What experience does James have with Ralph Beamish the racehorse trainer?
2. Who is "the Butcher" and what does he do to James?
3. Describe Mrs. Rumney.
4. When James graduates from AC2 what does he become and how do his wages change?
5. What lesson does James learn from Mr. Stokill?
6. Who is Kim and what happens to him?
7. Why are Cedric the dog and Con Fenton such a perfect match?
8. What are the two incidents that happen when Herriot is castrating pigs?
9. What is James' reaction at the sight of his newborn baby, what does he do and why is it funny?
10. Describe Flight Sergeant Blackett and what surprises James about him.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
1) Most of the book is comprised of flash backs and stories James recalls from his life in Darrowby. Do you think this is a good writing technique. Do you think James' memories of his life at Skeldale House and with Helen helped James to survive being in the military better? How? Do you
think that that might be a coping mechanism that POWs also use?
2) Of all the stories James tells in this book which one stands out to you as the funniest? Explain why.
3) Which of the stories in the book did you find the most moving or touching? Retell the story briefly and tell why you chose that one.
Choose two of the topics to write on.
Essay Topic 2
1) Recount briefly the story James tells about Mr. Dakin and his cow, Blossom and why you liked it.
2) Describe Lord Hulton, one of the animal owners James visits. What is one of his characteristics? What is wrong with Lord Hulton's pig and is James successful in saving it?
3) Who is Charlie and what relationship does he have with Lord Hulton? What does Hulton rely on Charlie to always do for him?
Write on two of the three topics.
Essay Topic 3
1) Who is Mr. Mount? Describe him. Why is Tristan eager to please him? What is the impression Tristan makes on Mr. Mount? Why?
2) Tell the story of the two dogs, Jingo and Skipper. What breeds are they? What is their relationship to one another? What happens?
3) Describe the Birtwhistle family and their odd behavior.
Choose two of the three topics to write on.
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