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 is Rooster's last name?

2. How far is the school from the ranch?

3. What is the man's last name?

4. What is the name of the only son?

5. Which company employs the man?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who confront Lily at school? What is the outcome?

2. What happens when Lily accompanies Miss Pearl and Miss Finch to the Havasupai village?

3. What activities do Jim and Lily take up outside of work?

4. What is the test Lily must pass to retrieve her paycheck? What is the outcome?

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

6. Lily decides to leave the ranch again. What is her plan?

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

8. Where does Lily go after leaving the ranch? What prompts her choice?

9. What are some of the things that Lily likes most about Phoenix?

10. What is unusual about the school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Little Jim and Rosemary. Who is the wildest? Who is the most grounded? Are the children close? Which is closer to his/her parents? How do you think the relationship will evolve as the siblings age? What do you think each thinks of the other's choices?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the character of Little Jim Smith. What is his personality? How is he affected by the moves from place to place? Examine Little Jim's behavior at boarding school. How does Little Jim feel about school? Is Lily surprised and/or dismayed when Little Jim drops out of college? What do you think Little Jim's parents thought when Little Jim became a police officer? Discuss the relationship between Little Jim and his parents.

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