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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. What does Lonnie do with his buddies?

2. What happens when Lonnie's father is shooting a snake that is about to bite Lonnie's grandmother?

3. Why is Granny going into the city?

4. How does Lonnie feel after observing the crowds in Thalia?

5. What does a visiting cousin insist?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a tender scene between Lonnie and Halmea when Lonnie goes in the house?

2. How do Jesse's stories affect Lonnie?

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

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

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

6. What is the most exciting event of the year for Thalia and how does Lonnie feel about it?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A clear and prominent theme of Horseman, Pass By is that of death. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly trace and analyze the theme of death in Horseman, Pass By. What are some symbols to represent death? Are there different types of death?

2. Discuss the attitude of the following characters towards death: Halmea, Granddad, Hud, Lonnie and Granny.

3. Discuss all the symbols and metaphors surrounding the theme of death.

Essay Topic 2

Often titles reveal much about one or more aspects of a novel. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think is the purpose of a title? How closely related to a major theme(s) of a book do you think a title should be?

2. The phrase Horseman, Pass By is derived from a poem, "Under Ben Bulben," by William Butler Yeats. Research this reference and discuss the connection it may have to McMurtry's book.

3. If you were the writer of Horseman, Pass By and your editor says the title must be changed, what would you choose? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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