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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 Mr. Burris?

2. What does Hud predict about the cattle?

3. What big city does Lonnie remember?

4. What does Hud say about Halmea when Lonnie asks?

5. What if the strain of disease only infects cows?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Lonnie's friends decide to do after a few games of pool and why are they successful?

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

3. How do Jesse's stories affect Lonnie?

4. What is Granddad's response to Newt's suggestion?

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

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

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

8. How does Granddad come to marry his second wife?

9. How does Lonnie feel about the new technology?

10. What does Newt say about the dead heifer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Setting as far as place and time play an important role in Horseman, Pass By. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast several aspects of the setting of that day from how it would be today. Consider things such as cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.

2. Do you think Horseman, Pass By would be different if it were set in another state in the United States, such as California, in that same era? Consider particularly the fact that Texans often have a strong identification as Texans.

3. What issues that are present in the time of Horseman, Pass By would still be issues today? What would no longer be issues? Consider such things as class, racism, alcoholism, sexual freedom, rugged individualism and integrity.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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