Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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.
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?
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?
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