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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. Why had Hud advised Granddad not to buy the cattle that was infected?

2. Why doesn't Granddad want to call the state vet?

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

4. What else has technology done?

5. Of what does Jesse complain?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Lonnie feel about the new technology?

3. What does the vet want to do to determine the strain of the disease and why does he want to do so?

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

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

6. What happens to Lonnie while helping test the cattle and what does he do?

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

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

9. What does Lonnie think about in the Prologue?

10. Where does Lonnie go that evening with Jesse and Lonzo and whom does he see?

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

The readers learn in chapter 6 that Lonnie's father had accidentally killed Lonnie's grandmother (his father's mother) while trying to save her from a rattler. Later, in chapter 13, Hud shoots and kills Granddad. Discuss the following:

1. Define the words matricide and patricide and research several examples from literature or real life, discussing them briefly.

2. How do you think the accidental killing of his mother affected Lonnie's father? Can you see evidence of how this affected Lonnie as he grows older?

3. Do you think there is evidence in Granddad's character and behavior to demonstrate how the death of his wife affected him? What sort of evidence and how do you think the tragic events of the past influence Granddad in raising Lonnie?

3. In a sense, Granddad is Hud's father. Is Hud's killing of Granddad patricide? What do you think are his motives? Is it mercy? Why do you think Hud is cradling Granddad in his lap? If Hud was going to shoot Granddad from the time they find Granddad, do you think he would have sent his girlfriend for help?

4. Do you think Lonnie's father should have been arrested for involuntary manslaughter? Would he have been charged with that in this day? Should Hud be arrested for shooting Granddad? Would he be treated differently today? If Hud's motives were truly out of compassion and knowing Granddad would not want to live, is killing him different than what Kevorkian does?

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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