The Crossing 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. What do Billy and Boyd eat for dinner after rescuing their horses?

2. What does the woman reply when Billy challenges what she says?

3. Where do Billy, Boyd, and the young girl stay for awhile?

4. Where does Billy store Boyd's body overnight?

5. What do the children in the barn say about Billy the next morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. What name does Billy use when he signs the army enlistment form?

2. How does Boyd begin to attain the role of a folk hero?

3. How do Billy, Boyd and the young girl survive over the next few days and what is their ultimate arrangement?

4. How does Billy finally obtain papers of ownership for the stolen horses?

5. What is the dream that Billy has about Boyd?

6. What sort of life direction does the border guard give Billy?

7. Describe the dog that tries to share the barn with Billy to escape the rain.

8. What do Billy and Boyd do when they find some of the horses that were stolen from their ranch?

9. With what group does Billy find work and what does he do with his first paycheck?

10. What is Boyd's condition when Billy returns to get him at the Munoz farm?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by calling the book THE CROSSING? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Explain McCarthy's use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 3

McCarthy uses more than one instance of irony in the story. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the story and note why they are examples of irony. What is the major irony in the story? Explain.

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