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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 does John Grady tell Billy he wants to do with Magdalena at a saloon in Chapter 2?
(a) Marry her.
(b) Kill her.
(c) Sleep with her.
(d) Kidnap her.

2. Who tells John Grady he is crazy for wanting to marry Magdalena?
(a) Billy.
(b) Elton.
(c) Mac.
(d) Troy.

3. What is the relationship between Troy and Elton in the book?
(a) Father and son.
(b) Cousins.
(c) Friends.
(d) Brothers.

4. What event does Mac talk about going on for too long after leaving the horse auction?
(a) The drought.
(b) Tornados.
(c) The rainstorms.
(d) Dust bowls.

5. What kind of bird does Billy hit with a car in Chapter 1?
(a) A dove.
(b) A crow.
(c) An owl.
(d) A sparrow.

Short Answer Questions

1. What heirloom of his grandfather's does John Grady pawn off in Chapter 2?

2. Which of the following things do the men not do at the saloon they go to together in Chapter 2?

3. Where does John Grady wait for Magdalena at the beginning of Chapter 2?

4. Who offers to drive John Grady around to look for a girl he likes at a whorehouse?

5. How old does Magdalena tell John Grady she was when she was first sold as a young girl?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do we learn about Billy's experience with World War II near the beginning of the book?

2. How is John Grady and Mac's game of chess described in Chapter 1?

3. How is Billy able to speak with Eduardo for the first time in the book?

4. What happens when a man brings his horse to be trained at Mac's ranch in Chapter 1?

5. How is the cowboy's rivalry with a man called Wolfenbarger described in the book?

6. How does Magdalena tell John Grady she came to be a whore?

7. How does John Grady tell Mac he knew a man's horse was lame when he brought it to them?

8. What happens when John Grady goes to a hotel at the beginning of Chapter 2?

9. How does Billy react when John Grady tells him he wishes to marry Magdalena?

10. What is the nature of the message Magdalena sends to John Grady through a waiter?

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