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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 Granddad have to ask for assistance?

2. What does Lonnie think young people want to do in the present?

3. How do the boys amuse themselves back in Thalia?

4. About what does Lonnie reminisce in the Prologue?

5. What is most likely wrong with Granddad's cattle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hud say about Granddad?

2. What does Lonzo suggest and what is Granddad's response?

3. What does the State Vet tell Granddad about the cattle?

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

5. How does Lonnie feel after hearing the conversation between Hud and Granddad and what does he do?

6. Who cooks breakfast for all the men and who is not there?

7. How does Lonnie feel about the new technology?

8. What happens to Jesse and Lonzo, and how does Jesse react?

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

10. What do the men on the ranch do the next day?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of integrity throughout Horseman, Pass By. Who seems to have integrity? Who does not? Why do you think integrity is important to the characters who value it? Why do you think some characters do not think integrity is important? What are some of the symbols of integrity?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of belonging. What are some of the symbols of belonging? What characters value the feeling of belonging? What are some situations, dialogue and/or scenes that reveal the theme of belonging? How do they reflect this theme?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of anger. What are some of the symbols of anger? Which characters seem to be angry? What are some situation, dialogue and/or scenes that reveal the theme of anger? How do they reflect this theme?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Define the concept of family and give a few hypothetical examples of how you define a family unit.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of family in Horseman, Pass By. Are Granddad, Granny, Hud and Lonnie a family? Where does Halmea fall in this set up? Jesse? Lonzo?

3. What do you think Lonnie would say about the concept of family in his life? Do you think he sees Granny and Hud as family along with Granddad? Why or why not.

4. What do you think Hud would say about the concept of family in his life? Do you think he sees Granddad and Lonnie as family? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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