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. The college is located in which city?

2. Which of Lily's family members commits suicide?

3. What is the name of the nearby small town?

4. The family had owned land in ____ Valley.

5. What is the name of Buster's wife?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Lily's philosophy about teaching children?

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

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

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

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

9. What prompts Lily to leave the ranch?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write a biography of Billy the Kid. Focus on key points mentioned by Adam Casey. Do you think Adam was fascinated by the man or the myth? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Adam squanders Lily's tuition on the purchase of Great Danes. Examine Adam's motivation. Why do you think Adam did it? Is he opposed to Lily's education and simply looking for an excuse? Is this another one of Adam's harebrained ideas? What is Lily's reaction? Does Lily discuss the issue with Adam?

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