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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 is Larry's grandmother's most outstanding characteristic?

2. Who is Hud?

3. What makes Lonnie leave the stockyard?

4. Where does Lonnie end up the morning after hearing Hud and Granddad's conversation?

5. Who is Halmea?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Mr. Burris reassure Granddad?

3. For what is Hud late the next morning and what is Granny's response?

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

5. What does Newt say about the dead heifer?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alcohol plays an active role in determining the behavior of several of the characters at one point or another in the book. Discuss the following:

1. What is alcoholism?

2. Do you think Hud is an alcoholic? What about Jesse?

3. Is there a time that Lonnie uses alcohol unwisely? Could this be a red flag for Lonnie as to the possibility that he could become an alcoholic? Why or why not?

4. Do you think Hud would have done the things he did while drunk when he was sober? Why or why not?

5. How does Granddad treat alcohol? Do he have a problem with drinking too much?

6. Would you label alcohol as a protagonist or antagonist? Explain your answer.

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. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Horseman, Pass By based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Horseman, Pass By is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that Horseman, Pass By is set in the mid-20th century changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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