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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. Of what does the state vet think the heifer died?

3. What makes Lonnie leave the stockyard?

4. Who is Mr. Burris?

5. What does the state vet take with him for examination?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Lonnie think about in the Prologue?

3. What happens when the state vet arrives the next day at the ranch?

4. What do the boys do after returning to Thalia?

5. How does Lonnie feel about the new technology?

6. Where does Lonnie go that evening with Jesse and Lonzo and whom does he see?

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

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

9. How do Jesse's stories affect Lonnie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Horseman, Pass By could be said to be a bildungsroman of Lonnie Bannon, the narrator. Discuss the following:

1. Define the concepts bildungsroman and coming of age.

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze Horseman, Pass By as a bildungsroman of Lonnie Bannon. Give specific examples. What does Lonnie learn? How has Lonnie changed? Is the change for the good?

3. Thoroughly trace and analyze Horseman, Pass By for the suggestions of Hud's past that could be considered a bildungsroman. How do Hud and Lonnie differ in how their experiences change them? Do you think Hud ever had the innocence that Lonnie has? Why or why not? What experiences are mentioned from the past that may have shaped Hud? Do any of the experiences that take place in the present seem to change Hud?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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