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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

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 2

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 3

Texas in the mid 1950's is fertile ground for racism. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research the existence of racism in Texas in the mid 1950s and analyze Horseman, Pass By for its accuracy and/or inaccuracy in its portrayal of racism.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of racism througout Horseman, Pass By. Who are the most obvious racists? Who are perhaps subltly racist? Are any of the characters free of prejudice? Who? Why do you say so?

3. Halmea leaves Texas for Detroit to start a new life. Research racism in the North and write about the type of racism Halmea is likely to encounter up north. Write a paper comparing racism in the North to that which occurs in Horseman, Pass By.

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