H is for Hawk Test | Final Test - Hard

Helen Macdonald
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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. How many engines did the plane have that Helen saw when she was out with Mabel in Chapter 20?

2. When was the film "A Canterbury Tale" by Powell and Pressburger released?

3. How long did it take Helen to write her father's eulogy at the end of Chapter 22?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 25, how many days have passed?

5. Who once wrote that falconry was a balancing act between wild and tame?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did White believe that death waited for Gos when the bird got free?

2. What was the new house like that Helen moved to in Chapter 20?

3. What happened when White left Gos unattended for a moment in Chapter 16?

4. How did the author feel about death for many years?

5. What type of education did White give Wart in his book "The Sword in the Stone"?

6. How did Mabel start to act when he had been eating nothing but quail for a week?

7. How was Mabel acting in Chapter 25 when Helen took her up the hill?

8. Why did White cry during his birthday in India when he received a wooden play-castle?

9. Why wasn't Helen depending solely on a bell to track Mabel when she flew free?

10. How did Helen feel when she got ready to give the eulogy for her father at the memorial service?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

White felt reborn after lying in the "grave" he made for himself to wait for Gos to return. What was the "grave" and why did it help White discard some things from his past and help him become a new man?

Essay Topic 2

The author spent a fair amount of time relating information about T.H. White. Why did the author spend so much time discussing White's life and how did she identify with him?

Essay Topic 3

The author told about her preference for falcons at one time in her life. Why did the author first fly falcons and why did she later decide to fly a goshawk? What made her change her mind about the goshawk?

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