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. How old is Lily when she takes over?

2. What is the name of Lily's horse?

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

4. What type of tree is used for refuge?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is unusual about the school?

3. What must be done in order to operate a ranch of this size? What was Lily's role in running the ranch?

4. Why is Lily concerned with Helen? What is the plan for Helen's future?

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

6. What are the educational goals of the children? How are those goals addressed?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What do you think will become of Rosemary? Do you think she and Rex will stay together? How will Rosemary's wild streak rub off on her daughters? Do you think motherhood will change Rosemary? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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