Butcher's Crossing Test | Final Test - Hard

John Williams
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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 is in charge of poisoning the wolves in the valley?

2. The buffalo hides used by the men to build their shelter are secured with what objects?

3. About what issue does Schneider tease Andrews?

4. For how long does Charley dig in the snow to find his lost object?

5. Who is the only member of the party with the skills to turn gunpowder into bullets?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Schneider feel about the coming of winter and why?

2. How does Miller's explanation of his shooting mistake jibe with Andrews's own feelings about fate and consciousness?

3. How does Andrews feel about the coming of winter and why?

4. How does Schneider's death occur?

5. What event forces Miller to stop killing buffalo once he has reduced the herd by at least two-thirds?

6. What does the loss of the buffalo hides in the river symbolize?

7. How do the men on the hunting expedition prepare their beds on the night before the buffalo hunt?

8. What are Miller's first words after the accident with the wagon in the river and what do they indicate about his character?

9. How does Andrews view Miller's actions as he takes the steps necessary to turn gunpowder into bullets?

10. How does Andrews's view of Miller change during the last hour of the buffalo hunt?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the function of Francine's character within the novel? Discuss the characterization methods used by the author in depicting Francine and include in your discussion the reasons that the author portrays this character in these particular ways.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the interplay between the resolution of John Williams's novel Butcher's Crossing and one of the novel's main messages. How does the author make connections between these elements and how does their juxtaposition help the author get across one main message of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Trace the characterization arc of Andrews's character throughout the novel. Discuss whether the protagonist is a round or flat character and whether he is a static or dynamic character.

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