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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 special day was it when a boy played the prank of removing the coal cellar grating and James fell into it up to his chest?

2. What does Hulton give James to eat and drink after James had successfully operated on the mother pig?

3. What is the name of the stray cat Mrs. Ainsworth befriends?

4. What is the name of the housekeeper who takes care of James in the mill town where he is covering for Siegfried's friend?

5. What does the baby Sidney's father do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

1. How far away is Darrowby from Scarsborough where James is and what does that tempt him to do. Describe briefly what he does.

2. Who is "the Butcher" and what does he do to James?

3. Describe the incident James dreams about when first in London with the RAF.

4. What was wrong with the dog in the car that waved James down when he was on his way home from castrating pigs and how does James handle the problem?

5. What does James use to attempt curing Rose, Mr. Bailes' cow, but who finally cures her and how?

6. What is James' reaction at the sight of his newborn baby, what does he do and why is it funny?

7. Describe Mrs. Rumney.

8. What does Shep Mr. Bailes' dog do when James comes that really annoys him and how does James finally handle it?

9. Describe Lord Hulton and the situation James faces with his sow who has a prolapsed uterus.

10. Describe Johnny and his dog, Fergus.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Herriot mentions a number of times in his book his opinion of women. Do you remember his comments about women? Describe some of them. Did he regard women highly? Do you think he understood women? How close do you think he was to his wife? Explain why you think that.

2) Describe James Herriot's writing style. What did you like about the way he wrote his book? Are there any things about his writing style that you would criticize? What are they?

3) Of all the dogs you can remember from the book, which one was your favorite? Tell which one and why it was your favorite.

Choose two of the three topics to write on..

Essay Topic 2

1) Describe Paul Cotterel and his dog, Theo. What happens to both of them and why does it weigh so heavily on James?

2) Describe Andrew Vine and his dog, Digger. What happens to both of them and how does James help the situation?

3) Describe what happens when James takes a young student interested in becoming a vet on his rounds with him? Why is James chagrined?

Choose two of the topics to write on.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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