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. Who took the Bedwetters to the buffalo reserve?

2. What animal can the Bedwetters hear in the distance on the night they set the buffalo free?

3. How many of the Bedwetters are injured when the buffalo stampede back into their pen, crushing the pen wall?

4. What surprising discovery does Teft make about his truck after releasing the buffalo?

5. How does Teft slow the rangers down, giving Cotton time to think about the fence?

Short Essay Questions

1. As the Bedwetters lead the buffalo to the final fence, what fear overtakes Cotton?

2. What is the moral in Teft's story about the piranha?

3. How do the Bedwetters react when they see the state agents coming toward them in the pickup trucks and Jeep?

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

5. How do the Bedwetters celebrate their achievement of opening the buffalo pens?

6. How does Cotton propose removing the buffalo from the reserve completely?

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

8. What camp animal did Lally Two bond with, and how?

9. How did the Bedwetters complete a "perfect raid" of the cabin trophies over the summer?

10. How is the final fence broken?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the opening of the novel, each of the Bedwetters has their own unique hat which is used to personalize their camp uniform. First, describe the Box Canyon camp uniform in detail. Then, choose three of the Bedwetters and describe their unique headwear. What clues into the characters' personalities can be found in their headwear? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Based on the actions of the characters in the novel, what do you think is Swarthout's definition of a hero? In what ways are the Bedwetters heroes both physically and morally? Do you think the Bedwetters are good role models for young boys? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

This novel is fascinated with the idea of masculinity and coming-of-age. There is no doubt that the Bedwetters have a distinct definition of manhood, but where did they learn it? Describe at least two "manly" behaviors the Bedwetters take part in and discuss who they might be modeling themselves after. Who are the clear role models for the Bedwetters? Does this surprise you? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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