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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 does the state vet bring on his return to the ranch?

2. What does Hud say to Granddad about the ranch?

3. What makes Lonnie leave the stockyard?

4. Of what is Granddad suspicious?

5. What does the vet want to do to a few of the cattle and horses?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Lonnie's family members who live at the ranch.

2. Who is Halmea and what does Lonnie think of her?

3. For what is Hud late the next morning and what is Granny's response?

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

5. Why doesn't Granddad want to drill for oil?

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

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

8. What happens that makes Halmea cry and what is her response to Lonnie?

9. What does Lonnie think about in the Prologue?

10. How do Jesse's stories affect Lonnie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter 1, Halmea tells Jesse that what Jesse needs is a wife and children, but Jesse answers that he has enough trouble getting by on his own, without having to support a family. Discuss the following:

1. Based on details in the book, do you think Granddad would agree that a man needs a wife? Explain fully.

2. Hud seems the opposite of Granddad as far as settling down goes. He is 35 and has not been married. Fully discuss why you think Hud has not married and if you think he should take Halmea's advice to Jesse for himself. Do you think Halmea would advise Hud to settle down and marry?

3. Evaluate Jesse's reply to Halmea's advice and Jesse's character throughout the book and discuss whether you think Jesse is using finances as an excuse not to marry.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Horseman, Pass By, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot? Do you think it is harder to identify the plot in a fantasy novel than some others? Why or why not?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Horseman, Pass By . They may not contain every element of a major plot. Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Alcohol plays an active role in determining the behavior of several of the characters at one point or another in the book. Discuss the following:

1. What is alcoholism?

2. Do you think Hud is an alcoholic? What about Jesse?

3. Is there a time that Lonnie uses alcohol unwisely? Could this be a red flag for Lonnie as to the possibility that he could become an alcoholic? Why or why not?

4. Do you think Hud would have done the things he did while drunk when he was sober? Why or why not?

5. How does Granddad treat alcohol? Do he have a problem with drinking too much?

6. Would you label alcohol as a protagonist or antagonist? Explain your answer.

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