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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 is the name of Mrs. Beck's cat who is so difficult to control?

3. Who is the lame veteran who comes to get Herriot because his dog has been poisoned also?

4. Who is the first owner of Cedric?

5. What is the name of the little female dog they tried to mate Cedric with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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 problems does James encounter when is must inspect the dogs at the Greyhound racetrack?

6. Describe Mr. Grover, Herriot's dentist in Darrowby and Hector McDarroch the dentist James went to as a child in Glasgow.

7. Describe Mrs. Beck.

8. What lesson does James learn from Mr. Stokill?

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

10. What experience does James have with Ralph Beamish the racehorse trainer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Tell about Oscar the cat. What was wrong with him. How did Tristan feel about him? Who became most attached to him?

2) Describe the peculiar and funny behavior of Oscar when he was living with Helen and James and also when he returned to his original owners.

3) Of the cats: Debbie, Buster, Georgina and Oscar who appear in the book, which one is your favorite. Explain why.

Choose two of the 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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