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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Andrews's reply when Schneider asks him whether he wants to side with Miller or himself on the subject of finding water?
(a) Andrews says that he is mighty thirsty, so he thinks they should go with Schneider's plan.
(b) Andrews says that whatever Miller says goes, since he is the expedition leader.
(c) Andrews says he has no right to speak because he does not know the country.
(d) Andrews says that he does not want to lose a week following Schneider's plan.

2. When the hunting party camps on the open prairie, how much water is left after they allow the horses and oxen to drink?
(a) One-tenth of the water tank.
(b) One-fourth of the water tank.
(c) One-half of the water tank.
(d) A finger's width of the water tank.

3. How had Charley lost a part of his body?
(a) In a tanning accident.
(b) In a blacksmith accident.
(c) In a blizzard.
(d) In a coach accident.

4. How does McDonald describe the town of Butcher's Crossing on the day Andrews first comes to see him?
(a) A hide town.
(b) A railroad town.
(c) A coal town.
(d) A one-horse town.

5. To what state does the trail that Schneider wants to follow toward water eventually lead?
(a) Arkansas.
(b) Kansas.
(c) Colorado.
(d) Kentucky.

Short Answer Questions

1. McDonald asks Andrews for a favor before he leaves McDonald's presence. What is it?

2. How does Andrews attempt to alleviate the pain he is feeling from riding on the first day of the expedition?

3. What does the hunting party do when the sun goes down on the first day of the trip?

4. What is the name of the establishment where Andrews finds Miller for the first time?

5. Who rides beside Andrews throughout the hunting expedition?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Miller's comments about the dwindling number of buffalo show about his character?

2. What does the hunting party's thirst symbolize?

3. What reservations does Schneider share about the prospect of the buffalo hunting expedition?

4. For what purpose does Andrews immediately seek McDonald when he reaches Butcher's Crossing?

5. What are Miller's reasons for choosing the destination he does for the buffalo hunting expedition?

6. What does Miller think is Schneider's real reason for wanting to deviate from the party's planned path to water?

7. What is the author's reason for including McDonald's comment to Andrews that "Young folks…don't know what to do with themselves" (22)?

8. When Andrews is unable to explain to McDonald his esoteric reasons for coming west, what does he tell McDonald instead?

9. What is shown about Andrews's character in the passage when he tries to summon the images of the Colorado territory he has seen in books and magazines?

10. What is the main hardship Andrews faces in the first days of the hunting expedition?

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