Dogsong 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. Russel gets a feeling of ___ when he looks at the sky.

2. What weapon does Russel carry on his person?

3. In Russel's case death also represents _____.

4. The family has eaten all but which of the following?

5. Which of the following animals attack the corpses of the woman and children?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the man do after killing the mammoth? What is Russel's reaction?

2. Explain the man's dance during the celebration in the village.

3. What does Russel notice about the man's dogs and sled?

4. What are Russel's first impressions when he leaves Oogruk's house?

5. What is the man's state of mind at this point? What does the man do next?

6. What is the purpose of the scene with the woolly mammoth? What does it represent?

7. What does Russel notice about the dogs? What does he do?

8. Russel watches his dream-self leave on a hunt. What does Russel see? What is his reaction?

9. Russel finds a person lying in the snow. The person is unconscious. Who is the person and what has happened?

10. After a night of rest, Russel goes back out into the wilderness. What concerns does Russel have about the dogs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who is Russel Susskit? What makes him an unusual protagonist? Explain how you relate to Russel. How might you feel in Russel's shoes? How is Russel's life different from yours?

Essay Topic 2

Russel had no idea where he was at certain times because he had no maps in his possession. Russel chose to rely on his instinct as well as the dogs. Would Russel be able to tell by the landscape, plants or animals? What would be different about the region opposed to Russel's childhood home? Explain the changes in the terrain, animals, and territory in general.

Essay Topic 3

The confrontations with the bear and the woolly mammoth were scary and exciting. Why did Paulsen put Russel in these situations? Examine the encounter from the bear and mammoth's points of view. Discuss how a human might provoke an animal in the wild. Examine humans as threats to animals and their young.

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