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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 are Billy and Boyd pulling when they encounter an Indian?
(a) Sled.
(b) Travois.
(c) Sleigh.
(d) Wagon.

2. Billy chops the heart and liver of a _____________ for the wolf to eat.
(a) raccoon.
(b) weasel.
(c) squirrel.
(d) rabbit.

3. What makes the wolf grow even wilder as Billy holds her?
(a) The Model T car approaches.
(b) The approaching thunderstorm.
(c) The sounds of gunshots.
(d) A bear coming closer.

4. How many dogs attack the wolf at one time?
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) One.
(d) Four.

5. What sudden decision does Billy make as he leads the wolf away from the campsite?
(a) To let the wolf go free.
(b) To find a safe place to wait out the storm.
(c) To head toward Mexico.
(d) To run away to Canada.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Billy tell the man about the horses?

2. Why do Billy and Boyd veer off the road?

3. What does Mr. Parham plan to trade for to replace Billy's damaged one?

4. What does Billy find when he returns to the Indian's campsite the next day?

5. Who do Billy and Boyd rescue?

Short Essay Questions

1. How much of Billy's decision not to return home is a conscious decision?

2. How does Billy manage to survive after he buries the wolf?

3. How does Billy reunite with Boyd and how do they escape?

4. What has made the wolf leave her home in Mexico to roam in the United States?

5. Where does Billy stop with the wolf on the way to Mexico and what care is provided for them?

6. What does Billy do with the dead wolf?

7. What trouble waits for Billy after crossing the river with the wolf who can't swim because of being muzzled?

8. What is the relationship between Billy and Boyd and what mention is made of any other family members at the beginning of the novel?

9. When is the last time that Billy sees his father?

10. Describe the boys' encounter with an Indian while they are out gathering wood one day.

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