Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jeannette Walls
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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 mode of transportation does Lily use to return home?

2. The father talks about what supernatural being?

3. What is the name of Lily's mother?

4. What type of dog was purchased using Lily's tuition money?

5. Lily began to take day trips to which landmark?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Lily's job at the end of World War I?

2. Adam manages to make free time for his extra curricular activities. What are Lily's opinions about her father's whims?

3. What prompts Lily to leave the ranch?

4. What causes Lily to get into trouble at school this time?

5. What is the purpose for the contact between Adam and Lily? What is Adam's request?

6. Why does Lily return to KC Ranch? What has changed since her last visit?

7. Why does Lily return to the ranch? What happens when she returns?

8. What was the first indication that there was trouble brewing?

9. Describe the next few years of the couple's life together.

10. What is the first major incident that happens in the story?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Give at least three examples of foreshadowing as it is used in the story. Does the author make it clear or are the references vague? What is the purpose? Is it effective? Are there other instances and events that might benefit from the use of this technique? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Lily says that she plans to stick around for a long time to keep watch over the grandchildren. How do you think Little Jim and Rosemary feel about Lily's input? Does Lily feel that one are both are inept as parents? Do you think it is Lily's place to oversee the grandchildren? What kind of influence do you think Lily will have over the grandchildren? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the interesting and turbulent life of Lily Casey Smith. What were Lily's best traits? What were her weaknesses? Do you admire Lily's abilities? What about Lily do you like/dislike the most? Explain.

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