Bless the Beasts and Children 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. After releasing the buffalo, why does Teft shoot his rifle?

2. Which of the Bedwetters claims that if kids have the opportunity to interact with buffalo, ""It'll be better for them than TV"?

3. In the flashback to the Lally brothers aboard the ship, what type of dog is running rampant in the cabins?

4. As the sun rises, which of the following substances is NOT smeared all over the Bedwetters?

5. Which aspect of Shecker's character proves to be most valuable to the Bedwetters during their quest?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was the first person to kill a bull buffalo while the Bedwetters watched?

2. How has the herd of buffalo changed from night to morning?

3. Who do the Bedwetters imagine seeing them as they drive toward the final fence?

4. What was Wheaties reaction to the buffalo hunt?

5. What is so surprising about the final fence the Bedwetters encounter at the south end of the buffalo reserve?

6. What important turning point happens in Lally Two's life as the Bedwetters prepare to fully free the buffalo?

7. What emotions do the Bedwetters exhibit in the final scene of the novel?

8. What is the Bedwetters' plan to free the buffalo?

9. How do the Bedwetters feel about guiding the buffalo to safety while sitting in the back of the truck bed?

10. What was the general emotion surrounding the crowds that had gathered for the hunt?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Swarthout uses the physicality of light and shadows to convey many things, including enlightenment. Choose two examples of times when light and shadows were present in the text and describe how these elements conveyed the emotions of the scenes. In your opinion, were these techniques successful in creating mood and tone? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

In the opening of the novel, Cotton has a disturbing dream about the buffalo reserve where he and his fellow camp mates travel later in the novel. What are the important elements of Cotton's dreams? What message can be drawn from the imagery? In what way is Cotton's dream foreshadowing for the later events of the novel? Be sure to use examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

How does Swarthout use both the Bedwetters and the buffalo to represent the powerless in society? Based on these comparisons, what comments is Swarthout making about the way society treats the powerless? How is the annual buffalo hunt symbolic of the emotional turmoil the Bedwetters are experiencing? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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