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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who does Granddad have to ask for assistance?

2. What does Lonnie think young people want to do in the present?

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

4. About what does Lonnie reminisce in the Prologue?

5. What is most likely wrong with Granddad's cattle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hud say about Granddad?

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

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

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

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

6. Who cooks breakfast for all the men and who is not there?

7. How does Lonnie feel about the new technology?

8. What happens to Jesse and Lonzo, and how does Jesse react?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Texas in the mid 1950's is fertile ground for racism. Discuss one of the following:

1. Research the existence of racism in Texas in the mid 1950s and analyze Horseman, Pass By for its accuracy and/or inaccuracy in its portrayal of racism.

2. Trace and analyze the theme of racism througout Horseman, Pass By. Who are the most obvious racists? Who are perhaps subltly racist? Are any of the characters free of prejudice? Who? Why do you say so?

3. Halmea leaves Texas for Detroit to start a new life. Research racism in the North and write about the type of racism Halmea is likely to encounter up north. Write a paper comparing racism in the North to that which occurs in Horseman, Pass By.

Essay Topic 3

Setting as far as place and time play an important role in Horseman, Pass By. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast several aspects of the setting of that day from how it would be today. Consider things such as cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.

2. Do you think Horseman, Pass By would be different if it were set in another state in the United States, such as California, in that same era? Consider particularly the fact that Texans often have a strong identification as Texans.

3. What issues that are present in the time of Horseman, Pass By would still be issues today? What would no longer be issues? Consider such things as class, racism, alcoholism, sexual freedom, rugged individualism and integrity.

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