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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 has happened to a heifer on the ranch?

2. Who is Hud?

3. What does Hud predict about the cattle?

4. What does a visiting cousin insist?

5. Why does Lonnie keep working after he is hurt?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Lonnie feel after hearing the conversation between Hud and Granddad and what does he do?

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

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

6. How does Mr. Burris reassure Granddad?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Prologue, Lonnie reminisces about his childhood on his family ranch in Texas, and how times have changed. He remembers how much slower life was before the arrival of mass communication. Discuss one of the following:

1. Using details from the book, compare/contrast life on the Texas ranch in the mid-1950s with how you would project life would be in the early 21st century on a Texas ranch.

2. Many people, especially as they go into their middle and senior years, idealize childhood. Do you think Lonnie is idealizing his childhood? Why or why not? Why do you think many people idealize their past? Do you think Lonnie's childhood is ideal?

3. Lonnie says that technology has pushed aside the rural way of life, changing things forever. Do you believe that technology and the rural way of life are incompatible? Discuss using details from the book and from other sources.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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