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. Old Man ____ is the name of the man who kills the dogs.

2. What is Lily's new job?

3. Lily travels for _____ years.

4. The friend dies in a ____ fire.

5. What is the man's last name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the conditions of the Casey family ranch?

2. Explain what occurs on Lily's return to Red Lake? Who challenges Lily? How is the situation handled?

3. How is Lily's career shaped over the next several years?

4. What are Lily's responsibilities on the ranch?

5. What natural disaster occurs that causes the family to abandon High Lonesome? What damage is caused?

6. What is the name of the new ranch? How is it different from High Lonesome?

7. Where does Lily go to school? Who is in charge of the school?

8. How does Lily react when her father suggests that the children were saved by divine intervention? How does Lily explain saving Helen and Buster?

9. How is Salt Draw explained?

10. Explain Lily's college experience. What are some of her trials and victories?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The beginning of the story starts out with this quote: "Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did," Part 1, p. 3

What does the author mean by this quote? How is it possible that animals can sense impending danger? What qualities do the animals possess that humans do not? What might have happened if Lily hadn't noticed the signs? Explain Lily's actions.

Essay Topic 2

Create a timeline of Lily Casey Smith's life. Include special events and important occurrences. Also choose three events and explain why they were significant in shaping Lily's life, career, and future.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the character of Rex Walls. Who is he? Why is Rosemary so taken with Rex? Why does Lily dislike and distrust Rex so much? What finally forces Lily to give into accepting the relationship and marriage?

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