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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 the vet want to do to a few of the cattle and horses?

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

3. What happens to Lonnie when he is getting a cow into the chute?

4. How does Granddad feel about his cows?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Jesse and when does he arrive at the ranch?

2. How does Lonnie feel about the new technology?

3. Why does Lonnie hide and what does he do the day after Granddad's death?

4. What does Hud say about Granddad?

5. For whom does Lonnie go looking and why?

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

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

8. Where does Granddad send Lonnie and Jesse, and what do they discuss?

9. Why do Lonnie, Hud and Granddad go to the stockyards?

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

Essay 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

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book -- questions that McMurtry may have wanted readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term author agenda mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss McMurtry's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Define the concept of family and give a few hypothetical examples of how you define a family unit.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of family in Horseman, Pass By. Are Granddad, Granny, Hud and Lonnie a family? Where does Halmea fall in this set up? Jesse? Lonzo?

3. What do you think Lonnie would say about the concept of family in his life? Do you think he sees Granny and Hud as family along with Granddad? Why or why not.

4. What do you think Hud would say about the concept of family in his life? Do you think he sees Granddad and Lonnie as family? Why or why not.

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