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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. Who is Hud?

2. What was life like before the arrival of mass communication?

3. How does Lonnie deal with his restlessness?

4. Where does Lonnie go when he leaves the ranch?

5. What big city does Lonnie remember?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Newt Garrett and why does he come to the ranch?

2. What happens when the state vet arrives the next day at the ranch?

3. How does Mr. Burris reassure Granddad?

4. What happens to Lonnie while helping test the cattle and what does he do?

5. Who is Jesse and when does he arrive at the ranch?

6. What does Halmea think Jesse needs and what is his response?

7. Why do Lonnie, Hud and Granddad go to the stockyards?

8. How do Jesse's stories affect Lonnie?

9. What is Hud's response on the way back from the stockyards when Granddad asks his opinion about the cattle?

10. What does the vet want to do to determine the strain of the disease and why does he want to do so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book -- questions that McMurtry may have wanted readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term author agenda mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss McMurtry's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 2

Some plots seem to be more character-driven and some more action-driven; some seem balanced. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. What type of plot do you think Horseman, Pass By is? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

In the Prologue, Lonnie reminisces about his childhood on his family ranch in Texas, and how times have changed. He remembers how much slower life was before the arrival of mass communication. Discuss one of the following:

1. Using details from the book, compare/contrast life on the Texas ranch in the mid-1950s with how you would project life would be in the early 21st century on a Texas ranch.

2. Many people, especially as they go into their middle and senior years, idealize childhood. Do you think Lonnie is idealizing his childhood? Why or why not? Why do you think many people idealize their past? Do you think Lonnie's childhood is ideal?

3. Lonnie says that technology has pushed aside the rural way of life, changing things forever. Do you believe that technology and the rural way of life are incompatible? Discuss using details from the book and from other sources.

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