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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 big city does Lonnie remember?
2. Why does Hud resent Granddad about Hud going off to WWII?
3. What does the state vet do to the ranch?
4. How does Granddad respond to Lonzo's suggestion?
5. Why does Lonnie keep working after he is hurt?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do Lonnie, Hud and Granddad go to the stockyards?
2. What happens when the state vet arrives the next day at the ranch?
3. Why doesn't Granddad want to drill for oil?
4. What happens that makes Halmea cry and what is her response to Lonnie?
5. What does Lonzo suggest and what is Granddad's response?
6. Who is Halmea and what does Lonnie think of her?
7. What is Granddad's response to Newt's suggestion?
8. How does Granddad come to marry his second wife?
9. What do the boys do after returning to Thalia?
10. What does Lonnie think about in the Prologue?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly discuss the character Granddad. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Do you think he is a protagonist or antagonist? Why
2. Thoroughly discuss the character Hud. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy?
3. Thoroughly discuss the character of Lonnie. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Discuss the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of integrity throughout Horseman, Pass By. Who seems to have integrity? Who does not? Why do you think integrity is important to the characters who value it? Why do you think some characters do not think integrity is important? What are some of the symbols of integrity?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of belonging. What are some of the symbols of belonging? What characters value the feeling of belonging? What are some situations, dialogue and/or scenes that reveal the theme of belonging? How do they reflect this theme?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of anger. What are some of the symbols of anger? Which characters seem to be angry? What are some situation, dialogue and/or scenes that reveal the theme of anger? How do they reflect this theme?
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