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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 Jesse do as the others return to the house?

2. What is Halmea doing in the kitchen when Lonnie carries in groceries?

3. What does Halmea think Jesse needs?

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

5. How old is Lonnie at the opening of Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Newt Garrett and why does he come to the ranch?

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

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

4. Where does Lonnie want to go and why does he say he wants to do so?

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

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

7. What happens that makes Halmea cry and what is her response to Lonnie?

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

9. What does Lonnie think about in the Prologue?

10. Why doesn't Granddad want to drill for oil?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Horseman, Pass By, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot? Do you think it is harder to identify the plot in a fantasy novel than some others? Why or why not?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Horseman, Pass By . They may not contain every element of a major plot. Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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